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Communitarianism, Ethics and the Burden of Journalistic Objectivity: Reflections of “Peace Journalists” Covering the Boko Haram Insurgency

  • Jacob Udo-Udo JacobEmail author
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Abstract

In this chapter, Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob offers a much-needed discussion of the libertarian construct upon which conventional journalism is built and the need for an ethical makeover of journalism practice, particularly in crises societies and areas of limited statehood. Drawn on reflections during a peace journalism workshop with Nigerian journalists covering the Boko Haram insurgency, the chapter advocates for a peace journalism practice that has humanitarian utility and is grounded in communitarian ethics. Jacob argues that journalism, in whatever form it takes, should aim to serve the common, local good.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American University of NigeriaYolaNigeria

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