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Journalism ethics: the dilemma, social and contextual constraints

Oso, Lai, Adeniran, Raheemat, Arowolo, Olasunkanmi (2024) Journalism ethics: the dilemma, social and contextual constraints. Cogent Social Sciences, 10 (1). Article Number 2328388. E-ISSN 2331-1886. (doi:10.1080/23311886.2024.2328388) (KAR id:105372)


Journalism, with its claim to professionalism, is guided in its practice by ethical codes which prescribe what is considered ‘good work’. This theoretical article argues that, though based on certain universal prescriptions, ethics is socially and culturally situated. The observance of the codes is socially determined based on the prevailing moral and political conditions. It is also argued that the issue of the type and quality of representations available in the media should also be of concern when we discuss ethics. The article discusses some of the social constraints to the observance of ethics within the Nigerian context and argues for the need to pay greater attention to addressing the material and economic barriers to media access and representation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/23311886.2024.2328388
Uncontrolled keywords: Media ethics, objectivity, media ownership and control, Nigerian media, news routines
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Olasunkanmi Arowolo
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2024 14:34 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 14:26 UTC
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Arowolo, Olasunkanmi.

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