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Semati, Mehdi

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Communication


The comparative media analysis of Nigeria using Hallin and Mancini's model provides an insightful examination of the country's media system. Hallin and Mancini's model analyzes four dimensions: the degree of state intervention, the degree of political parallelism, the level of journalistic professionalism, and the role of the state. They offer three models of media and politics: The Liberal model, the Democratic Corporatist, and the Polarized Pluralist. Nigeria’s media system is characterized by high state intervention and political parallelism, significant control over media content by the state, a close relationship between the media and political parties, and a low level of journalistic professionalism, as media outlets often prioritize sensationalism and partisanship over accuracy and impartiality. The thesis provides new insights regarding the applicability of Hallin and Mancini's model, as well as the development and future direction of the print media journalism in Nigeria. The utilization of textual analysis and interviews as the methodology in this research reveals the challenges facing the Nigerian media system, such as limited press freedom and an inability to serve as an effective watchdog of the government. Furthermore, it highlights the need for reforms that prioritize the development of independent media outlets that prioritize journalistic professionalism and ethical reporting, as well as greater press freedom and protection for journalists.


88 pages




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