ASSESSMENT OF NIGERIAN JOURNALISTS’ USE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL FOR JOURNALISM PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

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ASSESSMENT OF NIGERIAN JOURNALISTS’ USE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL FOR JOURNALISM PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION

Freedom of information art, is a newly enacted law which is an essential right for every person.it allow individuals and group to protect their right.it is an important guard against abuses, mismanagement and corruption. It can also beneficial to government themselves through openness, transparency, fairness, in the decision making process can improve citizen trust in government actions.

The new law is also seen as a fundamental human right which guaranteed every individual by the constitution, journalists not excluded. It guarantees the right of access to information held by public institution, irrespective of the form in which it is kept and is applicable to private institutions where they utilize public fund, perform public function or provide public services.

The law requires all institution to practically disclose basic information about their structure and processes and mandates them to build the capacity of the staff to effectively implement and comply with the provisions of the Act. It did not stop there, it went further and makes adequate provision for the information needs of illiterates and disabled applicants and also provides protection for whistle blowers. With the new law, according to Ene Enonche, coordinator of the right to know  initiative,  ―Finally  Nigerians  have  vital   tools  to  uncover  facts,  fight corruption and hold officials and institutions accountable and will profoundly change how government works in Nigeria.

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