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CHALLENGES OF THE DELAY IN THE PASSAGE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL TO THE BROADCAST MEDIA

CHALLENGES OF THE DELAY IN THE PASSAGE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL TO THE BROADCAST MEDIA

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page

Declaration

Certification

Dedication

Acknowledgement

Abstract      

Table of Content

List of Table

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1     Background of the Study

1.2     History of Case Study

1.3     Statement of Research Problem

1.4     Objectives of the Study

 

1.5     Hypothesis and Research Questions

1.6     Limitation of the Study

1.7     Theoretical Framework

1.8     Definition of terms

 

CHAPTER TWO

REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

CHAPTER THREE

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3.0     Introduction

3.1     Technique and Method of Data Collection

3.1.1  Primary Data Collection Method

3.1.2  Secondary Data Collection Method

3.2     Justification for Approaches Used

 

3.3     Data Gathering Instrument

3.4     Research Population and Sample Size

3.5     Data Analysis Technique

 

CHAPTER FOUR

DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS

4.1     Analysis and Interpretation

4.2     Test of Hypothesis

 

CHAPTER FIVE

SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION

5.1     Summary

5.2     Conclusion

5.3     Recommendations

References

Appendices

 

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1     Background of the Study

Without reservation, the freedom of information bill (FOI) is a bill that, if passed into law, will give every Nigerian access to information, records and documents held by governmental bodies and private bodies carrying out public functions.

It applies to all arms of government: the Executive, legislature and judiciary as well as to all tiers of government: federal, state and local governments.

So far, Nigeria has no law which guarantees citizens access to public records and information. On the contrary, many Nigerian laws have secrecy clauses prohibiting the disclosure of information e.g. the official secrets Act, the criminal code, the penal code etc.

 

CHALLENGES OF THE DELAY IN THE PASSAGE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL TO THE BROADCAST MEDIA

Furthermore, restricting access to vital information starves the press of the legal authority to publish or broadcast what they know to be true. The Nigerian press has for many years been accused of sensationalism as against fact based journalism because their reports appear to be unbacked with evidence.

The FOI Bill has gone through three readings and a public hearing and has been passed by the lower chamber of the National Assembly, and at the senate, it has also passed through three readings and a public hearing awaiting harmonization and presidential assert to become law.

 

1.2     Statement of Research Problem  

Without a doubt, for over eighty years, the protagonists of the freedom of information bill have been toiling to get passed at the National Assembly. The bill was presented initially in 1999 when the return to democratic governance heightened the expectations that three will be increased disposition towards free information access by those in power.   

By August 2004, the House of Representatives passed the freedom of information bill and two years later by 2006, the senate by a consensus vote passed the same bill. the general problem is that corruption in Nigeria is endemic pervasive and deep-noted in the nation’s polity. Challenges of the delay in the passage of freedom of information bill to the broadcast media.

Also, how easy will it be for the people who are corrupt to be the same people called upon to eliminate/minimize corruption? Unless the lid is opened on the activities of corrupt public officials, it is most likely to abate. Thus, this regard investigation is to examine the challenges of the delay in the passage of freedom of information bill to broadcast media.

 

1.3    Objectives of the Study

This study aimed to examine the challenges of the delay in the passage of freedom of information bill to the broadcast media. Specifically, the study aims at:

(i)      Depriving the media the legal authority to publish what they know to be true.

(ii)     Deprives the media the right to publish or broadcast fact-based reports.

(iii)    Causing a major set-back to the growth of Nigeria’s democracy because the most official transactions, both in the public and private sectors are shrouded in secrecy.

The research will however provide a premise for the applicability of the findings to other Nigeria media.

 

Limitation of the Study

During the course of this research work, I have been faced with so many challenges, some of which include the following;

(i)      Firstly, short period of time for writing the project.

(ii)     Secondly, inadequate transport to case study center.

(iii)    Also, insufficient finance for printing the project.

(iv)    Lastly, lack of appropriate information on history of case study.

 

Definition of terms

Bill: A written suggestion for a new law so that is members can discuss it.

Freedom: In brief, the right to do or say what you want without anyone stopping you.

Information: This are facts or details about something or an event. Challenges of the delay in the passage of freedom of information bill to the broadcast media.

Obligation: The state of being forced to do something because it is your duty, or because of a law

Broadcast: In brief, to send out Progrmmes on television or radio

Journalist: A person whose job is to collect and write news stories for newspaper magazines, radio or television.

 

Conclusion

The Nigerian media in general needs the freedom of information law to properly and efficiently carry out its social responsibility obligation to the society. Thus, the challenges the media face in trying to access information from government and public organization will be reduced if the freedom of information bill is passed.

 

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