Narratives on Hate Speech in Nigeria (PDF)


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The importance of the mass media in a modern democracy has been a subject of discussion among the participants in the political space of every democratic society. The complex and diverse nature of the 21st century global society further accentuates audience reliance on the mass media for information about the all-important political sector of every democratic society, which dictates the pace in other sectors of society. The importance of the media could be understood in their pervasiveness, which makes people learn almost everything about the world through the media. The ability of the media to disseminate information and engender citizens’ political involvement in modern democracy and to influence the populace on different ideologies are fundamental in journalistic engagement. Within this context, hate speech is inimical to individual and group rights as well as political stability. The argument for freedom of the media as an extension of freedom of speech, on the basis of which reporters may find a dilemma, does not guarantee legal immunity against hate speech restriction. Thus, this book is useful to teachers in journalistic training institutions, media entrepreneurs, practicing and aspiring journalists as well as scholars and researchers.

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September 10, 2023

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Aondover Eric Msughter Ph.D. is an academic staff in the Department of Mass Communication at Caleb University, Imota, Lagos. Msughter is a communication scholar with specialisation in Journalism and Media Studies. He has published papers in several national and international scholarly journals and attended and participated in several conferences and workshops on communication, media, and journalism. He is a member of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN); African Council for Communication Education (ACCE); Association of Media and Communication Researchers of Nigeria (AMCRON) and Fellow of Social Science Research Council (FSSRC), USA, and an Award Winner of Campus Journalism as Syndicated Writer,2018 and  Author, 2019. Msughter is the Editor of MedDocs Publishers LLC, USA, Guest Editor of Science Publishing Group (PG), New York, USA, Editor of UNISIA Journal as well as Sparkly Research Journal.