Media Outlook of Hate Speech in the 2015 and 2019 General Elections in Nigeria

  • Eric Msughter Aondover Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, Nigeria
Palavras-chave: Direction, Frequency, Hate speech, Implications, Journalistic genre, Prominence

Resumo

Hate speech is among the most significant communication issues that preoccupy the agenda of relevant governmental agencies and media analysts in contemporary Nigeria. It is an unfortunate phenomenon that manifests in the public sphere and is fast threatening the fragile democracy which the country is struggling to consolidate. Within this context, the study analysed the manifestation of hate speech in the 2015 and 2019 general elections in the Daily Trust, The Nation and The Guardian newspapers. The variables of frequency, prominence, direction, journalistic genre as well as the implications for the use of hate speech were used to examine the manifestation of hate speech in the 2015 and 2019 general elections by the selected newspapers. Purposive sampling technique was used to select editors for in-depth interview while stratified random sampling by days of the week to select the editions in the newspapers. Castells’ Theory of Network Society was used as the theoretical framework. Based on the findings, the study discovers that the manifestation of hate speech was more frequent in the 2015 than 2019 general elections by the selected newspapers. The findings of the study reveal that hateful speeches were dominant in the 2015 and 2019 general elections. The findings reveal that the manifestation of hate speech by the selected newspapers in 2015 and 2019 general elections was significantly high in the inside pages than front and back pages. The study also found that the manifestation of hate speech by the selected newspapers was in negative direction in 2015, and neutral direction in the 2019. The study concludes that there are implications of hate speech on the professional journalistic practice as it undermines the ethics of journalism profession.

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2024-02-29
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Aondover, E. M. (2024). Media Outlook of Hate Speech in the 2015 and 2019 General Elections in Nigeria. Rotura – Revista De Comunicação, Cultura E Artes, 4(1), 50-63. https://doi.org/10.34623/qyex-w923
Artigo recebido em 2023-11-17
Artigo aceite em 2024-02-29
Artigo publicado em 2024-02-29