Online harassment of journalists in Nigeria: audience motivations and solutions

Temple Uwalaka, Azubuike Fred Amadi, Bigman Nwala, Peter Wokoro

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Abstract

This study investigates the motivations for the hostility towards the press by the audience and how to control online harassment of journalists in Nigeria. Data for this study are from online and face-to-face semi-structured interviews of 54 Nigerians in Nigeria. Finding shows that perceived journalistic malpractice and unethical behaviour motivate Nigerians to engage in online harassment of journalists in Nigeria. The study also uncovers what the audience in Nigeria offer as preventive measures to online harassment of journalists. These include (i) improved transparency, (ii) improved ethical conduct by journalists, and (iii) procedural and prosecutorial measures (e.g. implementation of a robust professional code of conduct and enacting safety laws for journalists) as ways of eradicating online harassment of journalists in Nigeria. Suggestions for future research areas were delineated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalMedia International Australia
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Oct 2023

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