An Evaluation of Press Coverage of Children’s and Women’s Rights in Nigeria

Levi Chinaka Nwodu, Chinwe Beatrice Ezeoke

Abstract


Factors like military incursion in the political life of Nigeria and brazen mismanagement of public affairs few occasions civilians came into power have over the years, cripple political, economic, social, ecological and cultural developments in Nigeria. Women and children largely constitute the principal victims of these combined political, social, ecological and economic crises to the extent women’s and children’s rights have been neglected over a long period of time in Nigeria. This study however, aimed to ascertain the nature, frequency and volume of coverage given to issues relating to women’s and children’s rights in the Nigerian news media. Content analysis was used to analyse the content of three randomly selected Nigerian Newspapers. Data obtained for the study were analysed using tables and simple percentages. Summary of results showed that the twin rights issues were poorly covered even as they were denied prominent positioning in the Nigerian press.

Keywords


Press; Children and women’s rights; Human right; Gender; Development; Mass media; Press coverage and Nigeria

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