The Punch

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The Punch
The Punch Newspapers Logo.png
Type Daily
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Family
Publisher Ajibola Ogunsola[1]
Founded 1971/1973
Language English
Circulation 80,000
Official website http://www.punchng.com
Country Nigeria

The Punch is a Nigerian daily newspaper. It is the most widely read newspaper in Nigeria.

History[edit]

The Punch newspaper was founded by two friends, James Aboderin, an accountant and Sam Amuka, a columnist and editor at the Daily Times. Sam Amuka became the first editor of the Sunday Punch. In November 1976, a few years after the first print of its Sunday edition, the duo started printing their trademark daily newspaper. Both editions were designed to favor a friendlier apolitical approach to news reporting, combining footages of social events with everyday political news. The paper sustains itself by delving into broad issues that interest a myriad of people.[2]

However, during the twilight of the Second Republic, political exigencies had introduced conflicts to its original intentions, Aboderin and Amuka parted ways due partly to political conflicts. Aboderin later secured the support of his former foe, MKO Abiola, after the latter left the NPN. The paper began to take on a political stance, mostly against the Shagari regime. Supposedly, days before the end of the administration of Shagari, a few Punch editors were aware of a coup approaching and injected strong anti-government tones in their reporting.

Press freedom[edit]

The Punch was not immune to the excess of authoritarian regimes in the country. In 1990, its editor was jailed for 54 days. In 1993, and 1994, the publishing house was closed on the direction of the nation's ruler.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Binniyat, Luka; Akinboade, Laide (20 March 2012). "Peoples Daily presentation: Bankole, Yuguda lampoon Nig. Press". Vanguard (Lagos, Nigeria). Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Adigun Agbaje, Freedom of the Press and Party Politics in Nigeria: Precepts, Retrospect and Prospects African Affairs > Vol. 89, No. 355 Apr., 1990

References[edit]

  • Ayo Olutokun and Dele Seteolu, The Media and Democratic Rule in Nigeria, Development Policy Management Network Bulletin. Vol. XIII, N° 3, September 2001.
  • Adigun Agbaje, Freedom of the Press and Party Politics in Nigeria: Precepts, Retrospect and Prospects African Affairs > Vol. 89, No. 355 Apr., 1990

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