Fourth Estate of the Realm or Fourth Estate of the Wreck - imperative of social resposibility of the press

Akinfeleye, R. A (2003-05)


The relevance of the Press in any polity is generally drawn from the fact that information is necessary for effective governance and administration. Lack of information or misuse of information, or hoarding of information will be counter productive in governance and/or administration. In fact it will give room for rumour networking. As we already know, rumour has its own powerful network; its transmission is so fast and rigorous and strongly effective on many people especially those men and women with very weak internal control mechanism. Rumour network has no identifiable station, or airtime, or anchor man or women and yet it processes its information sometimes faster than the speed of sound or even that of the Cable News Network (CNN).