CODES OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND JOURNALISM PRACTICE IN NIGERIA
Among the developing countries in the world, particularly in Africa, Nigeria occupies a unique position as one of the few countries that have a strong vibrant and relatively free press. It is therefore, only to be expected that she must have a code of professional ethics in the practice ofjournalism. A code of professional ethics is incontestably the motive force and guiding framework which defines the character of any professional body. The respect such a body receives from society depends on how the ground rules defining and regulating relations between members and the society are respected and vigorously enforced within the body (Alade Odunewu, 1996). This paper appraises the codes of professional ethics by the Nigerian journalists and their responsiveness towards ethical practices. The concept of social responsibility could not be devoid of ethical obligation. Therefore, codes of ethics constitute a practical way of enhancing the professional performance of practising journalists.