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Repressive State and Resurgent Media Under Nigeria's Military Dictatorship, 1988-98: Research Report 126 (NAI Research Reports) [Paperback]

By Ayo Olukotun (Author)
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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.

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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Studio: Nordic Africa Institute
Pages   140
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Nordic Africa Institute
ISBN  9171065245  
ISBN13  9789171065247  


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The birth of media guerrilla tactics in Nigeria  Nov 19, 2004
Chronicling a period of detentions, assassinations and newspaper seizures under Nigeria's military dictatorships, Olukotun deconstructs the state's struggle to secure political hegemony through control of the media. In spare, evocative sketches of political watershed events in this period, he details how the media revolution evolved to tackle the authoritarian rule of Nigeria's monumentally corrupt military class and call attention to the everyman's struggle to survive a derailed structural adjustment policy that raised the prices of staple foods more than 20-fold over the course of a few years. Guerrilla tactics kept these banned and hunted journalists alive, and kept up an irrepressible torrent of scorn and outrage that played a critical role in delegitimising the military state in the international community. This militant press genre actively fought the government's terror tactics in the face of state-sanctioned death threats, constant surveillance and a technologically bankrupt recession economy that made publishing a trial even for the sycophantic state-sanctioned papers. They learned to evade a government that would take a journalist's wife and baby daughter hostage until he presented himself to authorities to take their place in detention. The radical performances of outraged traditional poets and the `pavement radio' rumor mill complemented the underground media's efforts, spreading open scorn for the shamelessly dysfunctional military government. The powerful pirate radio station Freedom Frequency Radio - renamed Radio Kudirat after an assassinated activist - kept up its broadcasts by never allowing the station's location to be discovered by the authorities. Although it is written in a plain analytical style, the substance of this book is deeply inspiring - independent-minded journalists everywhere should be attentive to these terribly pertinent history lessons today.
 

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