Newspapers published in Nigeria
Newspapers published in Nigeria have a strong tradition of the principle of "publish and be damned" that dates back to the colonial era when founding fathers of the Nigerian press such as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ernest Ikoli, Obafemi Awolowo and Lateef Jakande used their papers to fight for independence.
Until the 1990s, most publications were government-owned, but private papers such as the Daily Trust, Nigerian Tribune, The Punch, Vanguard and the Guardian continued to expose public and private scandals despite government attempts at suppression.
Laws related to the media, including newspapers, are scattered across various pieces of legislation. There are few good sources of discussion and analysis of these laws.
Some Newspapers depend heavily on advertisements that may be placed by companies owned by powerful people. In some cases, this makes the papers cautious in reporting details of crimes or suspected crimes, and sometimes they carry articles that paint clearly corrupt individuals in a favourable light. An analysis of newspapers shows a strong bias towards coverage of males, reflecting prevalent cultural biases. Few articles discuss women and there are few photographs of women outside the fashion sections. Although earnings have declined since the late 1980s the number of publications has steadily grown.
As of 2008 there were over 100 national, regional or local newspapers.
Online newspapers have become popular since the rise of internet accessibility in Nigeria; more than ten percent of the top fifty websites in the country are devoted to online newspapers. Due to improved mobile penetration and the growth of smartphones, Nigerians have begun to rely on the internet for news. Online newspapers have also been able to bypass government restrictions because content can be shared without the need for any physical infrastructure. The result has been a disruption of the traditional sources of news which have dominated the media industry. Recent online newspapers include Sahara Reporters, Ripples Nigeria, National Post and Premium Times.
List of newspapers
|Daily Times of Nigeria||Lagos||9 June 1925||Folio Communications|
|Sky News Nigeria||Lagos||December 2018||Gbenga Odunsi|
|Tribune||Ibadan||1949||African Newspapers of Nigeria Ltd|
|Global Times Nigeria||Lagos||February 2020||Gbenga Odunsi|
|Observer||Benin City||1968||Bendel Newspapers Company Limited|
|The Tide||Port Harcourt||1971||Rivers State Newspaper Corporation|
|The Standard||Jos||1972||Benue-Plateau Printing Publication Cooperation|
|National Post||Abuja||April 2021||Akeem Adebayo|
|Newswatch||Lagos||28 January 1985||Global Media Mirror Limited|
|Tell Magazine||Lagos||1991||TELL Communications Limited|
|TheNEWS magazine||Lagos||1992||Independent Communication Limited|
|P.M. News||Lagos||1994||Independent Communications Network Limited|
|Thisday||Lagos||1995||Leaders & Company|
|Complete Sports||Lagos||1995||Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase|
|Daily Trust||Abuja||1998||Media Trust Ltd|
|Sun||Lagos||2001||The Sun Publishing Ltd|
|Independent Nigeria (Lagos newspaper)||Lagos||2001||Independent Newspaper Limited|
|Independent||Lagos||2001||Independent Newspapers Limited|
|National Network||Port Harcourt||2004||Network Printing and Publishing Company|
|Next||Lagos||2004||Timbuktu Media group|
|Leadership||Abuja||1 October 2004||Leadership Group Ltd|
|Business Day||Lagos||2005||Frank Aigbogun|
|Mirror||2006||Global Media Mirror Limited|
|Nation||Lagos||2006||Vintage Press Limited|
|Uhuru Times||Ogun||2007||Journal Communication Limited|
|Peoples Daily||Abuja||30 November 2008||Peoples Media Ltd|
|Newsdiary online||Abuja||2009||NewsDiary Communicatin Limited|
|Nigerian Entertainment Today||Lagos||23 November 2009||Adekunle Ayeni|
|TheCable||Lagos||2011||Cable Newspaper Ltd.|
|Premium Times||Abuja||2011||Premium Times Services Limited|
|Blueprint Newspaper||Abuja||May 2011|
|Entertainment Express||July 2011|
|Daylight Nigeria||Lagos||January 2014|
|New Telegraph||Lagos||3 February 2014||The Telegraph Publishing Company|
|The Authority (newspaper)||Abuja||2015||The Authority Media & Publications Limited|
|Ripples Nigeria||Lagos||2015||Richmond Hill Media Limited|
|Stears Business||Lagos||2015||Stears News Limited|
|Politics Nigeria||Lagos||2016||Dumebi Emmanuel|
|Daily Nigerian||Abuja||6 June 2016||Penlight Media Limited|
|The Periscope News||Port Harcourt||6 March 2019||Mazi Obi Okoli|
|Sahara Reporters||Lagos||Omoyele Sowore|
|Business Hallmark||Lagos||Prince Emeka Obasi|
|Daily Champion||Lagos||Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu|
|Daily Post||Lagos||2011||Daily Post Media Ltd.|
|Osun Defender||Osun||Moremi Publishing House Ltd.|
|Nigeria CommunicationsWeek||Lagos||2007||Ken Nwogbo|
|National Network (newspaper)||Rivers State||2004||Network Printing and Publishing Company|
|Nigerian Compass||Ogun State||2008||Gbenga Daniel|
|Urhobo Vanguard||Delta State||2012||Urhobo Vanguard Publishing Ltd|
|Thinkers Newspaper||Abuja||2015||Thinkers Communications Limited|
|National Mirror||2006||Jimoh Ibrahim|
|The News Journal (Nigeria)||Ibadan||2013||Layipo Concept|
|Naijanews.com||Lagos||2016||Polance Media Ltd.|
|TheWill Newspaper||Lagos||2009||Austyn Ogannah O.|
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