Deweaponisation of Disinformation as Antidote to Instability of Democratic Institutions: Media’s Role in Effective Reporting

  • Joshua Suleiman, PhD Department of Mass Communication Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Akintayo Babafemi, PhD Department of Mass Communication Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria

Abstract

This study was carried out to determine the role of the media in the deweaponisation of disinformation to guarantee the stability and sustainability of democratic institutions in Nigeria. The researchers adopted a conceptual approach, relying on extant literature on democracy, democratic institutions, liberal media system, and disinformation. The researchers concluded that the progress and development of Nigeria is partly a function of stability in the nation’s democratic institutions, engendered through premium on accurate, relevant and transparent reporting as a corporate responsibility. The researchers recommended that the media should develop a blueprint that criminalises dis-information, outlaws the concept of “anonymity” and promotes transparent reporting.

Author Biographies

Joshua Suleiman, PhD, Department of Mass Communication Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria



Akintayo Babafemi, PhD, Department of Mass Communication Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria





Published
2022-04-30
How to Cite
SULEIMAN, PHD, Joshua; BABAFEMI, PHD, Akintayo. Deweaponisation of Disinformation as Antidote to Instability of Democratic Institutions: Media’s Role in Effective Reporting. SAU JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p. 117-124, apr. 2022. Available at: <https://journals.sau.edu.ng/index.php/sjmas/article/view/699>. Date accessed: 28 june 2022.
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