Investigative journalism going into oblivion in Nigeria – Don


Professor Andrew Asanate, an expert in Journalism and Media Studies, has called on media practitioners in the country to focus more on investigative reporting to combat corruption and hold the government accountable. Speaking at the 12th Inaugural Lecture of Edo State University, Uzairue, he emphasized the importance of investigative journalism in addressing corruption in democratic societies.

Professor Asanate noted that investigative journalism was essential in democratic settings due to its power to uncover corruption and bring it to light. However, he expressed concern that investigative journalism was gradually losing its significance in Nigeria, partly because journalists no longer have exclusive control over the production and distribution of information. With the advent of technological advancements, the control of news agendas has shifted, affecting the traditional role of journalists.

Despite these challenges, Professor Asanate acknowledged the efforts of journalists who have successfully held both citizens and the government accountable. He praised those who have diligently investigated and exposed corruption, amplifying the voices of marginalized individuals in society.

He urged media practitioners to foster a culture of investigative journalism, emphasizing the need for journalists to source reliable and accurate information professionally. He encouraged journalists to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed powers without being influenced by religious, ethnic, or primordial biases.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor, highlighted the importance of the lecture, stating that it was necessary to reflect on the media profession and investigative journalism practices. He emphasized the need to strategize and underline the significance of the work done by journalists in the country.

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