Independent media organisations in most African countries lack finances to procure equipment to run news and programmes that can be termed independent. This gives birth to situations where many media owners go into romance with the government in power in order to source finances for the sustainability of the media houses. In cases where their reporters carry stories which government frowns at, the proprietors easily sacrifice such reporters, to preserve their relationship with the government.

Another feature of the independent media organisations is the lack of resources to engage qualified personnel, or resources to keep training their reporters; they mostly engage the services of unqualified individuals to manage the media organisations for them. This breeds unethical and unprofessional journalism, where reporters write without recourse to ethics of the profession.