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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Reportage of Ethno-Religious Crime in Nigeria, 2015-2019

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Nigeria is now being regarded as one of the terrorist states as a result of the activities of the religious and ethnic fundamentalists. The role of newspapers in ethno-religious crime reportage cannot be over emphasised because of the patronage it has attracted over time. The reporting style of the Nigerian Tribune as one of the major national newspapers in the country covering ethno-religious crisis now comes into questioning, as some stake-holders in the media industry have raised doubt as to its objectivity in reportage of issues which affects the social political well-being of the country. Therefore, this study evaluated ethno-religious crime reportage of the Nigerian Tribune between 2015 and 2019. Development media theory served as a building block for this study. The study adopts mix-research method, using quantitative and qualitative research designs; the instruments used for data collection are Coding Sheet named “Content Analysis Checklist on Ethno-Religious Crime Reportage”. The results were analysed using descriptive and textual analysis techniques. Findings showed that Nigerian Tribune reported 592 (56.4%) ethno-religious crimes for the period under review; its reports of ethno-religious crimes cut across the regions; ranging from Boko Haram-478 (58.0%) in the North- East, Fulani herdsmen attacks-225 (27.3%) in the Middle Belt, South-West and South-East; Banditry-89 (10.8%) in North-West and militancy 32 (3.9%) in the South-South. Nigerian Tribune editorial comment provided forty-four solutions to ethno-religious crimes, twelve early warnings and its reportage involved at least two of police report, eye witness accounts, and relatives of victims’ views, armed forces reports and community heads’ positions. Nigerian Tribune is adjudged fair, balance, accurate in its publications on ethno-religious crimes in relation to its mission statement. The study recommends that as the watchdogs of the society, journalists should constantly report ethno-religious crimes, so as to educate the society on the dangers cause by the activities of ethno-religious crime.

DOI 10.11648/j.ss.20211003.12
Published in Social Sciences (Volume 10, Issue 3, June 2021)
Page(s) 84-92
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Crime Reportage, Ethno-religious Crime, Ethnical Practices, Fulani-herdsmen and Geo-Political Zone

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