Investigative Journalism and the Fight against Corruption
Bribery and corruption seem to be a recurrent decimal in Nigeria. With the culture of impunity in place, there is massive outcry by Nigerians about selective fight against corruption. Besides government’s insensitivity to the plight of the masses, which falls on deaf ears, the Nigerian people are often short-changed. Despite the “total” war on corruption by anti-graft institutions like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and the Related Commission (ICPC) and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), many alleged cases of corruption are still rampant/ The situation implies that the only hope for the common man in the fight against corruption in Nigeria is the media. Hence, it is pertinent to note that one of the most critical stakeholders in the fight against corruption is the mass media. The media are supposed to serve as the bridge between the government and the governed as well as the mouthpiece of society. In other words, one of the professional duties of the media in every society is to be a civic watchdog whose mission is to uncover secrets/issues and keep the government accountable to society. The media help to create and maintain a sense of nationhood and undertake developmental tasks through education and building political stability, help in the formation of public opinion and create forum for public discussions and, as well, serve as watchdogs on government to prevent all forms of abuses. Based on the foregoing, this paper posits that the media have a duty to ensure that all actions of government and government officials remain consistent with these objectives.
Keywords: Bribery and corruption, EFCC and CCB.
HOW TO CITE
Eze Chidinma Esther (2023).Investigative Journalism and the Fight against Corruption. IAA Journal Arts and Humanities 10(1):32-38.