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Intimidation, Assault, and Violence Against Media Practitioners in Ghana

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  • Jacob Nyarko
  • Ufuoma Akpojivi

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The ability of the media to function effectively as a fourth estate is hooked firmly on the maximum cooperation it receives from the different entities within society at whose service it operates. Recently, concerns have been raised in Ghana about the spate of assault and intimidation against media practitioners, and this action appears to hinder the independence, growth, and development of the media. Using an inductive approach for qualitative data analysis and drawing on the provocation theory, this study explored the degree of assault and intimidation in Ghana’s media environment and found that attacks on the media were traced to three major sources, namely, security agencies, communities/individual citizens, and supporters of political parties. The article further argued that the communication interplay of the aforementioned entities is ideal for a functioning public.

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  • Jacob Nyarko & Ufuoma Akpojivi, 2017. "Intimidation, Assault, and Violence Against Media Practitioners in Ghana," SAGE Open, , vol. 7(1), pages 21582440176, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:sagope:v:7:y:2017:i:1:p:2158244017697165
    DOI: 10.1177/2158244017697165
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