Monday, December 28, 2015
(VIDEO) Al Jazeera Reports on Brown Envelope Journalism Problem (VIDEO)
The well known international news organisation Al Jazeera has become the latest agency to report on the phenomenon of brown envelope journalism in Nigeria.
Nigerian journalists are among the worst-paid reporters in Africa, seldom given money to cover travel or other expenses, let alone paid their salaries on time.
This has affected the way stories are reported, with some of the country’s most pressing events either under-reported or ignored altogether.
Amid this climate where investigative journalism is severely stifled, corrupt and illicit practices have begun to flourish.
Reporters are often seen waiting for cash handouts from politicians and government officials at press conferences, and then rarely questioning them or fact-checking.
Watch Al Jazeera’s Nic Muirhead fascinating report on “brown-envelope journalism” in Nigeria.
This is not the first time that an international news agency has reported on Nigeria’s problem with corrupt journalism.
In a report in March this year, the BBC traced and investigated the corruption afflicting the media industry in Nigeria,
which you can read here.
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