Repressive State and Resurgent Media Under Nigeria's Military Dictatorship, 1988-98: Research Report 126

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This study documents a crucial dimension of the resistance of Nigerian civil society to a repressive and monumentally corrupt military state in the late 1980s and 1990s in Nigeria. Employing a neo-Gramscian theoretical framework, the study relates how a section of the media defied censorship laws, outright bans, incarceration and the assassination of opposition figures, to prosecute the struggle for democracy.

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Overview

This study documents a crucial dimension of the resistance of Nigerian civil society to a repressive and monumentally corrupt military state in the late 1980s and 1990s in Nigeria. Employing a neo-Gramscian theoretical framework, the study relates how a section of the media defied censorship laws, outright bans, incarceration and the assassination of opposition figures, to prosecute the struggle for democracy.

It captures the tensions and contradictions between a pliant section of the media, which sought to legitimize the state and a critical section of the same media, which in alliance with radical civil society, invented rebellious outlets to carry on the struggle against dictatorship.

The study seeks to make fresh departures by documenting not only the role of the national media in the throes of democratic struggle, but that of the international media whose role was influential in the years studied. Finally the report offers empirical proof of the mechanisms by which a vibrant civil society can curb the ravages of a predatory state in an African country.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789171065247
  • Publisher: Nordic Africa Institute, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: NAI Research Reports Series, #126
  • Pages: 140
  • Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Ayo Olukotun is a lecturer in the Department of political science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He was formerly the editorial page editor of the Daily Times, Nigeria’s oldest, surviving newspaper.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Hegemonic contest - repressive state versus resurgent media 9
Ch. 2 The economic and technological tapestry - the global backdrop 21
Ch. 3 Repression and resistance 1989-93 37
Ch. 4 Censorship and intolerance - the media in the Abacha years 60
Ch. 5 Driven underground - the guerrilla media phenomenon 78
Ch. 6 Protest vernacular - neo-traditional media versus the military state 101
Ch. 7 The global context - the international media and the crisis of democratisation 119
Concluding remarks - democratisation and resurgent media 134
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