International Press Institute to hold World Congress in Nigeria

David Adekunle, Lagos

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International Press Institute, IPI, is set to hold its World Congress in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja on June 21-23, 2018.

The Congress which is titled “Importance of Journalism; Quality Media For Strong Societies” is aimed at discussing press freedom, quality journalism, hate speeches among other press issues.

Addressing newsmen after media tour in Lagos, the International Press Institute Director General, Barbara Trionfi said the institute was to help and support all stakeholders in the media industry.

Trionfi said IPI has been promoting press freedom for over 70 years and the congress would provide a platform for Editors, publishers and journalists to share ideas about how to report activities without using the news medium to spread hate speeches that are increasingly common in the political space.

She said the institute had noticed dedication, committed and good journalistic prowess among Nigerians which indeed was the reason why the congress should hold in Nigeria.

“We look at government censorship, journalists’ safety, hate speech and other major problems. It is becoming popular among political leaders across the world. How can we conduct elections without hate speeches and how can we also ensure that the media is not used to disseminate hate speech and also to ensure that this does not become a way for anybody occupying government position to clamp down on press freedom.

“We are trying to understand how we can ensure that quality and public interest is upheld in journalism,” she said.

From right to left Vice Chrm Lagos NUJ, Biola Beckley, Chairman, Dr.Qasim Akinreti, Secretary Nigerian Guild of Editors, Victoria Ibanga, NUJ President, Waheed Odusile, Publisher Daily Trust, Mallam Kabiru Yusuf, Tony Elumelu, IPI DG, Barbara Tronfi.

Best practice
According to the IPI Director- General, the Congress will also encourage the exchange of best practice among journalists from around the world, stating that limit to press freedom, new technologies in investigative journalism and gender issue will also be the highlights for discussion at the congress.

“We will also look at the limit of press freedom from legislative and ethical preparative and what are the best practices. We shall also be looking at new technologies for investigative journalism and how it can be used to do our work better.

“Gender issue will also be a strong topic in the Congress, we will look at gender balance in the newsroom and how do we balance gender issue in our report,” she said.

IPI is a global network of journalists, editors and media executives with the mission to defend media freedom and the free flow of news anywhere threatened.

New dimension
President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Waheed Odusile said the presence of IPI director was to inspect the facilities and the level of preparedness to hosting the event.

Mr Odusile stated that Nigeria would be hosting the world with the aim to showcase the standard Nigerians are made of in terms of journalistic qualities.

He noted that the congress would herald and overhaul new dimension in the journalistic activities.

The delegation to the media houses in Lagos was led by the Chairman, Lagos Council of NUJ, Dr.Qasim Akinreti, other executive members, publishers among others.

Sammie Idika