Editors Hold Town Hall On Self-scrutiny In Kano

18/01/2022 2:56:00 PM

Editors Hold Town Hall On Self-scrutiny In Kano

Editors Hold Town Hall On Self-scrutiny In Kano

Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has slated its Town Hall Meeting for the North-West geo-political zone for Wednesday at the Tahir Guest Palace (Hotel),

Kano.Mansur Rabiu, who works as an editor of the news medium in Gusau, Zamfara State.Mansur Rabiu, who works as an editor of the news medium in Gusau, Zamfara State..

Last year, the NGE announced its plans to hold town hall meetings across the six geo-political zones, kicking off the meeting in the South-West zone last November in Lagos.In a statement by its president, Mustapha Isah and the general secretary, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, yesterday in Abuja, the professional body of all the editors in Nigeria, said the meeting would provide a platform for the media’s stakeholders to remind editors and other media managers of the sacred duties they are tasked to perform by the constitution on behalf of the citizens.The said attack, as gathered by DAILY POST, led to the infliction of various degrees of injuries on the editor who narrowly escaped being killed.With a theme: ‘’Agenda Setting for Sustainable Democratic Culture’’, the guild said the main objective of the meeting, which is being supported by the United States (US) Embassy in Nigeria, is to assess the media performance in consolidating Nigeria’s democracy – citizens’ verdict and outlining media agenda for the future.Piqued by the development, Executive Director of IPC, Lanre Arogundade , in a press statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, said that the incident was “unfortunate”, adding that attacks on journalists would not be “acceptable even as we begin a new year.ADVERTISEMENT Drawing abundant instances from democracies around the world, the statement added that the meeting would be taken across the six geo-political zones of the country, with the aim of instilling in the editors the need to perform their duties with the highest form of professional standards and sense of responsibility.” He stressed that “those who were involved in this attack should be found and made to face the law”.“The town hall meeting will provide a platform for media stakeholders to undertake self-scrutiny and also begin a robust conversation on a framework for media regulation, which will not only have their buy-in but also advance the standard for media practice in Nigeria thereby reducing, if not eliminate, incidents of sub-standard and unprofessional reportage in the Nigerian media.Some of them said they were traveling to Lagos for connecting flights to London, Egypt, Dubai, Ghana and other destinations for medical reasons.

“Such robust conversations and hopefully, eventual adoption of self-regulatory framework could also have a regional spin-off whereby countries within the region, and indeed Africa, could be encouraged to borrow a leaf from the Nigerian example, as was the case with the adoption of a Freedom of Information Act in Nigeria subsequently having a positive spin-off in Ghana,’’ the NGE added.” Aside his call for thorough investigation, he said the journalists who were affected should be compensated and their damaged equipments replaced.” Aside his call for thorough investigation, he said the journalists who were affected should be compensated and their damaged equipments replaced.YOU MAY.

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