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Title:The radical press and security agencies in Nigeria: beyond hegemonic polarities
Author:Adebanwi, WaleISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:State-society relationship
intelligence services
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v054/54.3.adebanwi.pdf
Abstract:The dominant trend in the literature on civil society in Africa, particularly in the context of undemocratic regimes, assumes that civil society activists (including progressive, radical, or guerrilla journalists) are committed only to counteracting the preeminence of a repressive State. Within such a paradigm, evidence of collaborations between agents of the State and elements within civil society particularly in the interest of advancing political liberation, democracy, justice, and equity tend to be understated, if not erased altogether. Based on ethnographic details of secret collaborations between the Nigerian security agencies and radical journalists in the fight against military fascism, this article argues that the commonly assumed division between the State and the media is in fact breached regularly in practice. Such evidence should draw scholarly attention to a largely neglected area of research on State-media relations in Africa: the penetration of the apparatuses of power and repression by their targets and victims. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]