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ASSESSMENT OF THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA IN ANTI CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN

ABSTRACT

This paper assesses the role of the media in anti-corruption campaign in Nigeria especially since the establishment of the two anti corruption agencies: the ICPC and EFCC by the administration of the former president Olusegun Obasanjo. However, both the broadcast and print media assisted in the fight against corruption especially in reporting and exposing the scourge as well as helping to propagate the role of the anti corruption agencies? Survey method was used to sample the opinion of the respondents. Since the beginning of the current civilian dispensation in Nigeria, the Nigerian media have devoted a significant space for anti corruption reporting. The effects of these reports are manifested in the improvement in Nigeria’s ranking by the Transparency International and in other areas. The paper considers the constraints being faced by the media industry in waging effective war against corruption and make recommendations

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