Environmental journalism in Nigeria and Gambia

Authored by: Ngozi Okpara

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Journalism

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138478503
eBook ISBN: 9781351068406
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351068406-39

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Abstract

The author of this chapter discusses environmental journalism in West Africa by focusing on the English-speaking nations of Nigeria and Gambia. She selected 47 journalists randomly, 25 from Nigeria and 22 from Gambia, to respond to a structured questionnaire. “The environmental journalists observed that the interference of international companies affects the environmental performance of these countries in terms of environmental standards,” the chapter reports. “A major challenge noted by the respondents was the lack of effective supervision and enactment of environmental laws in their nations. The journalists also said they were not adequately aware of local environmental policies.” The author feels that “This may be partly due to ineffective dissemination plans and communication strategies adopted by ministries in charge of environmental issues in the respective countries.”

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