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Sunday 13 September 2015

Nigeria’s Brown Envelope Journalism. Corruption has eaten deeply into the fabric of Nigerian society

Nigeria’s Brown Envelope Journalism.  Corruption has eaten deeply into the fabric of Nigerian society, so it's no wonder [journalists] have been infected as well by this disease.

Among some of the worst paid reporters in Africa, Nigerian journalists are seldom given money to cover travel or other expenses, let alone paid their salary on time.

Affecting the way stories are reported, some of the country's most pressing events have gone either unnoticed or underreported.

Amid the 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 before rarely questioning them or fact checking.

Moreover, in a country where corruption tends to trickle from the top down, it is becoming harder for readers to distinguish fact from fiction.

The Listening Post's Nic Muirhead travelled to Lagos, Nigeria's media capital, to report on 'brown envelope journalism.'

Source: Al Jazeera

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