Assessment of Media Coverage of Human Rights Abuses in Internally Displaced Peoples’ Camps
Isola and Yusuf studied mass media coverage and reporting of human rights abuses in the internally displaced peoples’ (IDP) camps in Nigeria using primary and secondary resources. They observe that human rights issues pervasive in IDP camps are poorly reported due to several constraints facing the media. The Nigerian security forces perpetrate many of the rights abuses and did not make coverage and reporting of the abusive incidents easier because of their repressive tactics towards the media. The media’s quest to survive economically also contributes to ignoring and sometimes hiding information about abuses in IDP camps. Journalists need to deepen their understanding of the humanitarian legal instruments that protect IDP camp residents, while Nigerian government and international organizations must make relevant information and data on IDPs accessible to the media.
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