UNDERSTANDING THE MEDIA SYSTEMS OF NIGERIA AND SINGAPORE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF OWNERSHIP, REGULATION, AND IMPLICATIONS ON NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

ADEKOYA Helen Odunola PhD, IKEM Victor Ugochukwu and TEJUOSO Wasiu Olawale PhD

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ADEKOYA Helen Odunola  PhD, IKEM Victor Ugochukwu and TEJUOSO Wasiu Olawale PhD

Department of Mass Communication, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria

Abstract

The media of any society remains an important factor in the socio-cultural, political, and economic development of that society. In this regard, the responsibility of molding societal values and actualizing national development is impacted by issues of media ownership, press freedom, and regulation. This paper examines the media systems of Nigeria and Singapore intending to understand the attendant nature of ownership and regulation and the implications of these (ownership and regulations) on the overall national development of both countries. Secondary sources were used to gather data and a qualitative analysis was done. It is found that both Nigeria and Singapore operate different media systems.  That, while Singapore operates a progressively authoritarian media system with strict regulations and state control of the media, Singapore is a developed country in terms of per capita and GNP, while Nigeria has a quasi-liberal or libertarian media system, but Nigeria is largely underdeveloped economically.

KeywordsFreedom of information, National Development, Media Ownership, Regulation.
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