Coverage of Cyber-crimes by Select National Dailies in Nigeria

by

Nsikan Senam,

Department of Communication Arts

University of Uyo, Nigeria

08023928289; nsikansenam@yahoo.com

Blessing Essien,

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Uyo, Nigeria

08027687820; blessingessien99@yahoo.com

&

Enobong Charles Ekong

Department of Mass Communication

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

08138359307; enobongekong@gmail.com

 

Abstract

This study examined the coverage of cyber-crimes in Nigeria by select National Dailies. The aim was to find out the frequency, prominence, direction and genre of cyber-crime stories in Nigerian newspapers; namely, The Guardian, The Punch and The Vanguard. Content analysis was the research technique adopted in this study. The population of the study comprised all the 1095 issues of the select National Dailies between January 1 and December 31, 2015. The sample size was 400 issues from the study population selected through the systematic random sampling method. Findings showed that Nigerian newspapers gave low prominence to cyber-crime stories. It was also found out that newspaper coverage of cyber-crime in Nigeria was not impressive. It was therefore recommended, among other things, that Nigerian newspapers should engage in investigative journalism so as to monitor and report cyber-crimes in order to curb them.

 

Key words: Criminality, Digital Age, Investigation, Intelligence, Cybernetics

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