Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name



Political Science


The primary intent of this thesis is to content analyze four Nigerian dailies in an attempt to look at press freedom under the civilian rule (1960-1965) and the military rule (1966-1978); and compare to see how both governments' control affected the content of the Nigerian newspapers. It also attempts to determine how both governments relate to the press and the level of press freedom in Nigeria. This newspaper analysis was significant for several reasons: It was the first research up to date that has looked at the civilian/military government control (as it affects the Nigerian newspapers' content; and furthermore, to see the form of government under which press freedom was attained more. The old, effective, traditional oral communications gradually disintegrated as the development of the press in Nigeria surfaced. The nature of press-government relationships in Nigeria today is in large part due to the legacy left by the British colonial administrators. The main sources of information were four Nigerian newspapers: Daily Times, New Nigerian, Nigerian Tribune and the Daily Express. Also a wide variety of secondary information, books and periodicals were used.