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Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Antoeni(m): 9:51am On Dec 03, 2021
Brown envelope journalists are ruining Nigeria’s media by eroding the public’s trust in the media, says the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

“Brown envelope journalism undermines the public’s trust in the media, erodes journalistic integrity, and defeats the media’s ability to play a transparent oversight role over government actions,” said the U.S. envoy.

Brown envelope is derived from cash inducements hidden in brown envelopes and given to journalists during press briefings.

According to Ms Leonard, one of the challenges that democracies worldwide face is an “unfortunate, pervasive lack of trust in the media.”

She decried financial inducement of journalists, saying that the “practice corrodes the institutional position of the media as what we refer to as the “Fourth Estate,” or one of our pillars of democracy.

Ms Leonard also urged Nigerian media to leverage their right to press freedom by countering propaganda and disinformation through regular and impartial fact-checking.

Speaking during a town hall meeting hosted by the Nigerian Guild of Editors on Thursday in Lagos, the U.S. ambassador said a team approach was needed to help improve public trust in the media.

The media-focused meetings and two-day workshops for over 200 editors will take place in turns in the six geopolitical zones across the country is supported by the U.S. embassy in Nigeria.

It was themed ‘Agenda Setting for Sustainable Democratic Culture’.

The U.S. ambassador also said access to accurate, unbiased information was critical to democracy.

“It ensures that citizens make responsible, informed choices rather than acting out of ignorance or misinformation. Information that is publicly accessible to all ensures that elected representatives uphold their oaths of office and carry out the wishes of those who elected them,” the U.S. envoy further noted.

She noted that the Nigerian media could ensure that citizen voices were heard, which might help reverse voter apathy.

“Too often Nigerian elections are personality-based and lose focus on critical issues such as unemployment, inflation, and lack of health care,” Ms Leonard stressed, adding that the media could hold the candidates accountable for discussing issues.

The U.S. envoy added that media coverage of elections could encourage more turnout if all outlets focused on the issues that affected the daily lives of constituents.

“Patronage politics, corruption, inequality, and the failure of many democratic governments to deliver for their citizens fuel public and media doubts about the democratic model, causing them to lose hope and accept the status quo as normal,” she stated.

The U.S. ambassador urged the media to pay attention not just to society’s problems but also to possible solutions.

“When you uncover stories that others have tried to hide or deny, inevitably prosecutions follow, and accountability is attained through the voice of the people at the ballot box,” Ms Leonard explained.

According to her, most vicious trolls on the internet are shielded by anonymity.

The ambassador disclosed that the U.S. recently created a new Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy to fight back against disinformation, stand up for internet freedom and reduce the misuse of surveillance technology.

“Too often, technology is being used to silence dissent and prosecute citizens – and democracies must answer the call to fight back against disinformation, stand up for internet freedom, reduce the misuse of surveillance technology, and establish standards of responsible conduct in cyberspace,” stated Ms Leonard. “Democracy works at its best where there is a multiplicity of voices from broad segments of society which represent every race, gender and ethnicity addressing a plethora of issues from access to opportunity, health, and prosperity.”

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Antoeni(m): 9:54am On Dec 03, 2021
Nigeria journalism is worst than boko harams and Iswap. Give Nigerians' journalist envelope ✉️ they will testify for devil . If you think I'm lying ask Sahara Reporters , Arise, The Nation and Daily Trust

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by helinues: 9:56am On Dec 03, 2021
That's everywhere.

Major media outlets did that during the last USA election

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Maxymilliano(m): 10:09am On Dec 03, 2021
True. But US media isn't any better, it's in fact worse off there.

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Antoeni(m): 10:14am On Dec 03, 2021
I Totally Agree with You, I Can Remember the Media War in the Last Election in the US,
Fox , CNN , were Misleading in their Different Views quote author=Maxymilliano post=108170858]True. But US media isn't any better, it's in fact worse off there.[/quo te]

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by ForeThinker: 10:34am On Dec 03, 2021
It's no news from that Nigeria is very corrupt

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by DropsMic(m): 10:34am On Dec 03, 2021
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Nigerians must have sense by force or perish

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by verybadmouth: 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
Do you need anyone to tell you that most Nigerians are liars. Nigerian journalists are Nigerians to na. grin grin

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Mbbscentric(m): 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
The US should please not play the saint. Their media too is biased, tinted towards the left or the right.

Most of the people in Nigeria media houses studied other courses, they use English speaking and apt usage of English language as criteria to employ.

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by henry4991(m): 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
True talk

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by alfred007(m): 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
Nigerian problem is loooooonnnnnng

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by xcesspaschal(m): 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
Tell dem oohh

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Perfecttouch(m): 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
Ko por ke
Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by MrOON: 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
That Lagos Ibadan expressway brown envelop news house comes to mind.

grin grin grin
See stone....
see stone....
they're coming....
Make I move o, before stone touch my head cheesy

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by fitinwell: 10:35am On Dec 03, 2021
If you don't give .. they won't collect.. so it's a Win -win something..

Someone introduced it
Someone started it.

Everyone brought it..

Now it's now a Norm..
Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by MyVILLAGEpeople(m): 10:36am On Dec 03, 2021
grin grin grin grin

Especially the media outlets in the south west.

But the US are worse off, they should stop acting like saints always.

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by FarahAideed: 10:37am On Dec 03, 2021
Everything in Nigeria is driven by brown envelope even religion...

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Pimine: 10:37am On Dec 03, 2021
Aswearugaaad

Brown envelope pseudo-journalists like Kemi Olunloyo. grin

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Jackipapa: 10:38am On Dec 03, 2021
I blame Buhari!
Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by blamingthedevil: 10:39am On Dec 03, 2021
Endsars Hoodlums and journalism

Thank you Madam Ambassador

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Decency2020(f): 10:40am On Dec 03, 2021
You will be surprised how clowns will defend the rot
Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Dailymice: 10:40am On Dec 03, 2021
grin
Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Ppogbae: 10:40am On Dec 03, 2021
They talk out of both sides of their mouth. One day they'll praise Buhari, the next they threaten him with human rights violations.

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Telekinetic: 10:40am On Dec 03, 2021
Pimine:
Aswearugaaad

Brown envelope pseudo-journalists like Kemi Olunloyo. grin
That one na female variant of FFK... Give them food and they’ll dance to your tune like dogs!

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by SlyDev: 10:40am On Dec 03, 2021
PDP paying journalist to destroy Nigeria

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Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by money121(m): 10:41am On Dec 03, 2021
Ok
Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by BruncleZuma: 10:42am On Dec 03, 2021
No be small thing; to the gentlemen comparing the US to Nigeria una actually no get 1 single sense. Where that pikin when him papa knack hammer for head? I miss reading his imbecilic and diarrhoea ridden, brain numbing writings.
Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Mopolchi: 10:42am On Dec 03, 2021
If not, your news won't be reported
Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Lordburna2(m): 10:43am On Dec 03, 2021
I am a witness. No capping.
Re: Mary Beth Leonard: Brown Envelope Journalists Spoiling Nigerian Media by Decency2020(f): 10:43am On Dec 03, 2021
helinues:
That's everywhere.

Major media outlets did that during the last USA election



I knew that your type won't disappoint.



That is what you and your type see to copy. You didn't see steady power supply or other infrastructure to copy.

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