Media, elections and corruption

Changing incentives for private sector employees to invest in skills training and hire these graduates to reduce capture in the sector in Nigeria

Summary:

Nigeria has one of the most vibrant media spaces in the world and platforms for journalism across media generate and share a high level of debate and opinion. Not surprisingly, corruption is one of the most frequently reported on and debated topics in Nigerian media, sparing very few public personalities. It is also a topic that justifiably elicits fierce public opinion.

As a result, reporting on corruption has the potential to be a significant influencer on the country’s politics, especially in the run up to elections. Given the role of the media in delivering opinion and shaping attitudes on corruption, not just reporting on it, SOAS-ACE has decided to apply the ACE approach to the industry in Nigeria. Our aim is to ascertain the impact of reporting on corruption as well as to see how feasible it is for such reportage to actually have an impact on policy.

The corruption issue:

This research will identify and audit the type of corruption and anti-corruption stories that were generated before and after elections, looking at the election conducted in 2015 and forward to elections in 2019. The media audit process is expected to identify specific patterns in the reportage to suggest ways of interpreting findings (for example, whether and how reporting on corruption is influenced by elections or not) and to see if there were any impacts on polling day. The research study will also identify how corruption reporting is conducted with regard to its impact on gender relations.

Key questions:

  • What form of corruption is most reported and why and does this change closer to elections? Is it a reflection of the actual state of corrupt activities?
  • What is the role of elections in the anti-graft narrative and exercises? Can elections be said to affect the intensity of the fight against corruption?
  • What is the impact observable and traceable to the reports?
  • Is there selectiveness in the way corruption issues are reported in the media?
  • Are there any other cases of media bias, which may be gleaned from the choice of words, the decision to report or other elements?
  • When reporting on corruption how are gender relations reported? Is it only in the context of women as victims or is there a larger context of women exercising their rights during elections?

 

Partners:  Pallavi Roy (SOAS) and Oak Centre for Journalism Development (OCJD), Nigeria.

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