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Al Jazeera Investigates Nigeria’s ‘Brown Envelope’ Journalists | References SCOAN Building Collapse Saga




It is common knowledge that the journalism field in Nigeria is often plagued by ‘Brown Envelope’ journalism – a situation in which journalists are paid to write stories in favour of the payee.

Al Jazeera states:

Among some of the worst paid reporters in Africa, Nigerian journalists are seldom given money to cover travel or other expenses, let alone paid their salary on time.

Affecting the way stories are reported, some of the country’s most pressing events have either gone unnoticed or underreported.

Amid this climate where investigative journalism is severely stifled, corrupt and illicit practices have begun to flourish.

Reporters are often seen waiting for cash handouts from politicians and government officials at press conferences before rarely questioning them or fact-checking.

And in a country where corruption tends to trickle from the top down, it is becoming harder for readers to distinguish fact from fiction.

Nic Muirhead of Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post traveled to Lagos, Nigeria to report about the issue, using  T.B Joshua‘s Synagogue Church building collapse incident as a point of reference.

Watch a summary of the report:

Photo/Video Credit: Al Jazeera


  1. micheal

    September 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Al Jaazera should stop this Islamic propagandist tools strategy to tarnish the name of Christianity. They should rather go and report on abusive attacks that Africans, Asians and other minority groups are going through in Islamic countries because of their faith or work and stop this deceptive journalism. Liars. Christians needs to wise up with these propagandist tools used by other groups to narnish the name of Christianity.

    • Ann1

      September 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      They’re not tarnishing the name of Christianity. Fake pastors and prophets everywhere are tarnishing Christianity by themselves. I’m not yet calling TB Joshua a phony, but all I know is that if he is involved in any kind of monkey business, then as a Christian I would definitely want to know. But Since Mr. Joshua is clean then we all have nothing to worry about right?

  2. Ekun

    September 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Nigeria My Country

  3. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    September 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Angel Michael, this is not a Christian V Muslim issue, you really need to calm down.

    @ Topic – See ehn, since we can’t tell our stories, let us appreciate others telling it TO us. Nigerian media owners need to do better, they need to treat their employees like human beings, not like you’re doing them a favor by employing them. It’s a job, they’re rendering a service, it’s not a hobby.
    Fix their salary issues, welfare and all and see these people turn down brown envelopes. The hustle is terrible out there for these journalists. You need to see them during press briefings, they actually WAIT behind right after the event like it’s the norm. It’s crazy, shameful and pitiful honestly.

  4. nunulicious

    September 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    news post that has to do with nation building and institutions, no of comments: 8
    news post that has to do with relationships or celebrities, no of comments: 78
    Which way young Nigerians?

    Back to the matter, I have always maintained that till our press, judiciary system and electricity in Nigeria is overhauled, we ain’t going no where in this country.

  5. Jamce

    September 15, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I dare say that the media (print and electronic) is the worst enemy of Nigeria. Almost every news item and column in Nigeria is tainted with the slant of the paymaster. Are we saying that the facts and figures of corruption in Nigeria are not known? Owners of the news media and their editors are in my opinion the worst “BLACKMAILERS”. They determine what story or slant gets published (usually based on considerations not connected with the veracity of the story or national security). Its a shame.

  6. Fact of the matter

    September 15, 2015 at 10:45 am

    somehow, you guys have left the main issue behind.
    delays in payment of salaries, not just for journalists, but in every sector. a person that has been fully fed will have no need to look outside. but in this case salaries are being owed, not paid on-time and there is still they expectation that people should come to work.
    please note that people have bills to pay, house rent, feeding, clothing, healthcare, children school fees, transportation, light bill, water bill, family members bill and a whole lot of other things, and the society hasn’t made any of these things easy.
    while i do not condone the act of collecting bribes and being patriotic, i still see reasons why people choose not to be patriotic to a country that is not patriotic to them.
    Believe me, these people know the right things, they know what to do, but when ur stomach growls and grumbles in hunger all sense of reasoning goes out the window.

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