IPC Holds Validation Meeting on Media Code of Election Coverage Document

IPC Holds Validation Meeting on Media Code of Election Coverage Document

The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos is holding a two day validation meeting of media and related stakeholders on the revised Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage, proposed for use by journalists and other media professionals in the coverage of the 2019 elections and the electoral processes leading to it, Slated for Tuesday, May 22nd

The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos is holding a two day validation meeting of media and related stakeholders on the revised Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage, proposed for use by journalists and other media professionals in the coverage of the 2019 elections and the electoral processes leading to it,

Slated for Tuesday, May 22nd and Wednesday 23rd, 2018 in Lagos, according to a release signed by its director, Mr Lanre Arogundade, the validation meeting is being facilitated by IPC under Component 4b: Support to the Media of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) project.

It is also sequel to an initial two-day stakeholders’ consultative meeting held in Lagos on March 6th and 7th, 2018, at which about 25 institutional and media bodies, associations and groups reviewed the 2014 code used for the 2015 General Elections.

“Following the receipt of the draft report from the two consultants engaged under the activity, who had put in about two months of quality and extensive consultation into the process of drafting a new code”, the IPC says “it has become imperative to convoke a broader stakeholders’ meeting to deliberate, agree on and validate the newly revised code”.

“As a major stakeholder in the process, we would be glad to have your valuable input and buy-in to the validation process in producing a more adaptable, industry-relevant and industry-useful media code for journalists and media professionals covering the 2019 elections”, the IPC states in its letter of invitation.

Apart from the review of the Code of Election Coverage 2015, other activities being implemented under component 4b: Support to Media of the EU-SDGN project, include the publication, launch and dissemination of a Resource Manual on Election and Democratic Accountability Reporting which is already being worked on by a team led by Prof Nosa Owens-Ibie, a Communications, Media and Development Scholar and Dean, College of Social and Management Sciences, Caleb University, Imota in Ikorodu.

Other members of the team include Mr Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Mr Taiwo Obe, Founder, Journalism Clinic, Mr Martins Oloja, former Editor of The Guardian and Mrs Funke-Treasure Durodola, Assistant Director Programmes, Radio Nigeria, Lagos Operations. Prof. Umaru Pate of Bayero University, Kano and Dr. Abubakar Muazu of the University of Maiduguri as well as the IPC Director are the other contributors.

In collaboration with MRA, an FOI Manual on Reporting of Accountability Issues in the Electoral Process will also be published.

A Baseline Assessment of Print/Online Media Engagement of the Electoral Process is also being done by another team chaired by Mr Lanre Idowu, Editor-in-Chief, Media Review with Mr Adewale Adeoye, Director, Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER) and Mr Lekan Otunfodunrin, Online Editor of The Nation as members.

There will also be Media Training Workshops on Best Practices and Professional Reporting and investigative reporting of campaign finances using FOI Act; Monitoring of Print/Online Media and Documentation of Electoral Promises; Workshops for Media/Social Media Practitioners (Online Journalists and Bloggers) on Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Capacity Building Media Workshop for Political Correspondents to deepen their knowledge and expand the scope of the use of New and Social Media in Election Reporting.

The project also include the upgrade and running of Nigerian Democratic Report (NDR) and Social Media Platforms for Model Reports and Citizens’ Online Engagement with the Electoral Process; Capacity Building for Female Politicians on use of the Media during Electoral Process and Elections; Production and Dissemination of Enlightening and Informative Materials on Civic and Voters Education (CVE) and Information, Communication and Education (ICE); Training of Journalists on the use of FOI Act for Investigative Reporting of Campaign Finance and Election Promises and Publication of Manual on use of FOI Act for the Investigative Reporting of Campaign Finance and Election Promises.

Not less than 20,000 journalists and other media professionals are expected to benefit from these series of training and engagements.

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