Media Review

2009 Media Review

Another journalist killed

October 2009

The five visitors made an early morning call, on Sunday, September 20, at about 6.52am when decent people prepared for church. It was a festive day when Muslims were preparing for the eid prayers signifying the end of their Ramadan month-long fasting. They dressed in two-piece billowing robes as if they Muslim faithful but theirs was an unholy mission. The merchants of death drove their white Toyota Camry to No 9, Oyeniji Street, Egbeda, a suburb of Lagos. One man first entered the compound, ordering “the landlady, who was just opening her shop that morning, the first to come in contact with the assailants to lie face down” …..Read More

Sanutisation of banks: Diary of Press coverage

September 2009

The sack of Managing Directors/Chief Executive Officers of five top banks on August 14 dominated media attention in the second half of August 2009. Since the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Lamido Sanusi announced the sack, major newspapers and broadcast media have made it the top story of the day. The interest is attributable to the pivotal role banking plays within the economy. Sanusi had dropped the bombshell at a Press conference in Lagos after reportedly meeting with the Chairmen of the five banks on August 13, 2009 to brief them of the CBN’s action…….Read More

Press Ombudsman: Watching the watchdog

August 2009

A historic landmark was recorded by the Nigerian media on July 7, 2009 when it formally presented a Press Ombudsman in Lagos. It is the effort of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) led by Chief Ajibola Ogunshola, chairman of the Punch Newspapers to restore sanity in the industry. The office began operations in June this year. The NPAN appointed Justice Moronkeji Onalaja, Chairman, Council of Legal Education as the Ombudsman. He retired from the Court of Appeal in 2004.

The unveiling of the Ombudsman’s Office was historic because it was the first time in 150 years of newspaper publishing in Nigeria that such a private agency, with a mandate to …..Read More

Mobile service: A newspaper life saver?

July 2009

THE launch of mobile service by the Punch and Nation Newspapers recently is bound to change the status quo in the print media. The move will provoke response among other major media players like The Guardian, Vanguard, The Sun, Daily Trust and Tribune. The service targets the youth who are tech-savvy and rural folks. It is a way to shore up revenue though. The Nation says access to its mobile service is free, but you must pay a token N100 in short message service (SMS) to access any of its six special offers. The Punch introduced N1,500 scratch cards to enable subscribers read the e-paper on their mobile phones. …..Read More

The Press on the Ekiti re-run

June 2009

Resolving the crisis of legitimacy in who occupies the Ekiti Government House was never expected to be a tea party. Two years ago, the nationwide elections which included the Ekiti elections that ushered in the successor administration to that of President Olusegun Obasanjo were so shoddy, they were adjudged to be the worst in Nigerian history. It was that election that brought in Olusegun Oni into Government House, Ado-Ekiti. For two years, his main challenger, Kayode Fayemi, strove to prove in the law courts that Oni was an impostor. By the time the court finally decided on February 17, it was to order a re-run in 65 wards in 10 local governments…….Read More

Citizens as Reporters

May 2009

If not for cell phone cameras, Nigerians and the rest of the world would never have seen the molestation and torture Uzoma Okere went through in the hands of some Naval ratings attached to Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade. The news itself did not amount to much as it is a strange occurrence in Nigeria to see security personnel molest ordinary citizens. The news item was, however, important as a pointer to a new trend of news gathering. Reporters and photojournalists got wind of the event minutes after the episode had happened and could therefore not take shots of the incident. …….Read More

Top Ten Stories in 2008

April 2009

The election of Senator Barrack Obama on November 4, 2008 as the first black-American President of America has been adjudged the most important news event of 2008 in the yearly survey of the Top Ten Stories by Top Ten Editors conducted by Media Review. This is the second time a foreign event would be picked as the most significant story of the year since the exercise began eight years ago. The first was the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001……Read More