The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria, will on Tuesday convey a stakeholders’ roundtable at which it will present the findings from its on-going media monitoring of coverage of elections in Nigeria.
Penpushing reports that a statement by Olutoyin Ayoade, Communications Officer Component 4 (Support to Media) explained that the event will feature discussions on the findings of the monitoring in October and November 2022 and the presentation of the revised Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage.
The statement added that the convergence which shall attract stakeholders from the media, civil society, academia, regulatory bodies, and other relevant organisations will present the opportunity for the media monitoring report to be assessed.
Penpushing further reports that the media monitoring is one of the activities being implemented by the Centre under an European Union (EU) funded project entitled, “Strengthening the media for fair, accurate, ethical, and inclusive coverage of the electoral processes and elections in Nigeria”.
The Executive Director of the Centre, Mr. Lanre Arogundade in a statement added that in addition to promoting democratic elections, the analysis of the media monitoring report of the 2023 elections is pivotal in determining the extent to which the elections can be said to be inclusive
“In addition to promoting democratic elections, the analysis of the media monitoring report of the 2023 elections is pivotal in determining the extent to which the elections can be said to be inclusive’, he emphasised.
‘This is why IPC will also present a performance scorecard by the monitored media based on their promotion of inclusive issues in their coverage and reportage of the electoral processes and elections particularly in line with the stipulations of the Media Code of Election Coverage”, Arogundade said.
Penpushing also reports that Prof Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika of the Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, shall serve as the reviewer of the reports, while Mr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren, General Secretary, Nigerian Guild of Editors(NGE) and Dr. Chido Onumah, Coordinator of AFRICMIL, (Vice President, North Central, ACSPN), shall be the lead discussants.
The statement added that the overall goal of the media component under EUSDGN II of which International Press Centre (IPC) is the lead partner is to support the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria with the media (broadcast, print and online media) helping to facilitate the key ingredient of credible elections through engagement and professionalism in coverage and reportage of the electoral processes.
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