Journalists are usually on the front line of anti-corruption efforts, paying a high price for investigative reporting that helps to prevent corruption from undermining democracy and fueling human rights violations.
Premium times Reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, during DoroCorruption radio program in Wazobia emphasized the role of journalists in fighting corruption which is embedded in the provision of essential information for citizens to help in their decision making and amplification of corrupt cases which allows the law enforcement authorities investigate indicted citizens.
He added that effective amplification by journalists and prosecution of corrupt individuals, fair trials and a firm application of dissuasive sentences for corruption-related offences are crucial to foster deterrence.
Responding to why corruption cases are momentary in Nigeria without proper follow up by journalists, Mr. Samuel complained of low capacity in the Nigerian media which impedes regular follow up of corruption stories, despite efforts by the journalists. He also advised journalist to use their role to compel the government to improve service delivery as done in the developed countries.
A listener decried the level of corruption among journalist which is induced by “brown envelope” adding that journalists have important role to play in creating awareness and amplifying instances of corruption that are often bore silently by innocent citizens.
Mr. Samuel encouraged citizens to work with journalists and media houses to carry out crucial role in bringing allegations of corruption to light and fighting against impunity by reporting stories of corruption within their space for proper publicity from the media.