Ukwueze Cornelius Aghadiegwu, Uche Anthony Ogbonna


Since the advent of the new media, several individuals across the globe have joined the bandwagon; thus, employing new media technologies in their daily activities. Some Nigerians are now using the social media platforms to not only stay in touch with their friends, loved ones and colleagues, but to publish or air their views on major developments in the society. Employing the survey methodology, this study explored the rise of hate and peace journalism in the Nigerian democratization process as it relates to the new media. The area of study is Enugu South local government area of Enugu state. A sample size of 300 was studied. The findings of this study indicated that Nigerians have not only embraced the new media as a political platform for information consumption but for disseminating information by themselves (citizen Journalism). The findings also proved that the new media were used more for disseminating hate speeches than advocating for peace in the 2015 general elections. The study recommends that the proper use of new media technologies should be taught and incorporated in the Nigerian educational curriculum from basic level of education to the tertiary level.

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