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This paper explores the linkages between debates about corruption and the role of the media in Africa. It advances arguments about how citizens in Africa encounter corruption both grand and petty and how they perceive it, as well as factors that may contribute to the development of corrupt practices. These reflections are then linked to a discussion of how the press in Africa deals with corruption and whether the media may serve as a strong deterrent in combating this form of criminal behaviour.

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Keywords: African media; bribery; corruption; investigative journalism; media democratization; press freedom

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.

Publication date: 2009-05-01

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