Publisher: Rivers State University of Science and Technology

An Investigation of Media Practitioners' Adherence To Professional Ethics In Minna, Nigeria

Santas Tsegyu, Ezekiel S. Asemah
KEYWORDS: Professionalism, Ethical principles, Mass media, Nigeria, Practitioners

ABSTRACT:

Journalism profession has come under public scrutiny in contemporary times as a result of unethical practices by somejournalists. In Nigeria, media practitioners have been accused severally in regards to flouting the professional standardsof objectivity, balance, accuracy, fairness and accountability which are essential canons of the profession the world over.The consequence of this has resulted in the dwindling standard of the noble profession in the public domain and the lossof credibility on the activities of media practitioners in the country. Thus, the study investigated media practitioner'sadherence to journalism code of ethics, using Minna, Nigeria as an area of study. The study was hinged on the socialresponsibility theory which espouses that the media should be socially responsible to the society by performing certainessential functions of mass communication. Using the survey method and the questionnaire as the instrument of datacollection, the researchers sampled 200 journalists who are registered members of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ)in Minna, Nigeria. Findings reveal that media practitioners were involved in several unethical practices and the studyrecommends that government, media owners and media professional associations review upwards, the welfare packageof journalists while at the same time, striving to ensure compliance of the journalistic codes for the profession to reclaimher credibility.   


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