Journal of
Media and Communication Studies

  • Abbreviation: J. Media Commun. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2545
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 201

Article in Press

Ethical dilemmas in journalism practice in Nigeria: The way forward

Ukam Ivi Ngwu

  •  Received: 15 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 15 June 2018
The unethical attitude, behaviours and practises exhibited by most Nigerian journalists in recent times is a matter of concern. Most journalists are so irresponsible that one begins to imagine if there is actually any professional code of ethics guiding the profession in Nigeria. However, based on the x-ray done on the position of journalism ethics in Nigeria, this study found that there is in fact code of ethics in the profession but journalists choose to ignore it due to social, political, and economic influences. The article is guided by Social Responsibility Theory –an ethical theory that suggests that individuals (journalists) are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty for actions that will benefit the whole of society. The study reveals that unethical practices abound in among Nigerian journalists as a result of the proliferation of quacks and untrained persons in practice. More so, the condition of service marred by irregularities, greed, poor salaries, non-payment of salaries as at when due and corruption have provided a fertile ground to this sharp and unethical practices of Journalism in Nigeria. The recommends speedy government intervention by way of giving journalism the appropriate recognition and attention needed. Through the creation of an enabling law that will make it compulsory for journalists to be properly trained and licensed (renewable) to practise the business and be barred from practice when in breach of professional code of ethics.

Keywords: Journalists, ethics, journalism ethics, corrupt, practices, Nigeria.