Activist Makes Case For Nigerian Journalists Protection

A rights activist and Executive Chairman of Centre for Human Rights and social Justice (CHRSJ), Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman has advocated for the protection of media practitioners’ right in Nigeria.

While speaking at the two-day training programme for NGO workers on the usage of Social Media Platform, held at the Ekiti Hall of Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State which was organized by the Media Support Centre (MSC), Comrade Sulaiman who is also the Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS), regretted series of attacks on media practitioners in discharging of their constitutional duty in the country, describing the development as bad omen for the profession.

He urged media house owners in the country to promptly salaries and wages to the members of their staff in order “to discourage the culture of brown envelop that engulfed the media industry in recent times”, advising the media
practitioners against “sensational and yellow type of journalism”.

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Delivering his lecture entitled: “Political Economy of the Media Industry” at the event, a Journalist and University lecturer, Dr. Tunde Akanni, stated that it was necessary for the people including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to support the community media, urged the participants to subscribe to many instruments of disseminating of information to the public on their organizations’ activities.

Dr. Akanni who is Executive member of Centre for Free Speech (CFS), described the Online Media Platform as the most liberalized medium of credible information for free speech as enshrined in the section 22 and 39 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) and Freedom of Information Act 2011, advising the public to go to many sites on internet in searching for more information in order to ascertain the truthfulness of any news story or information.

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Earlier in his welcome address, a Lagos based Journalist and Executive Director, Media Support Centre (MSC), Comrade Wale Fatade said that the Centre organized the two-day training programme to expose the participants to the use of several social media platforms for the dissemination of information of their organizations and to complement their campaigns.

Comrade Fatade therefore urged the participants to make use of the knowledge acquired at the training programme by not allowing the Seminar to just another training exercise, urging the participants to be technically smart in propagating the mission and objectives of their organization.

The participants were exposed to skill on shooting of short videos for social media sites, using data (graphics) for powerful stories, usage of whatsup, BBM, twitter, facebook on information dissemination, using of Online Media internet for building of international
alliances for local campaigns and shifting of expectations for development practitioners that is from Millennium Development
Goals(MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

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