By Okunade Adekunle
In commemoration of this year’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI) 2018, the International Press Centre (IPC) in partnership with the Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos-Nigeria is organizing a tweet conference & media roundtable at which renowned Lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), will be the Guest Speaker.
Other speakers/discussants include Dr. Qasim Akinreti, Lagos NUJ Chair, Mr Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda, Mrs.Laide Shokunbi, a seasoned journalist and Mrs Tunrayo Alaka, Executive Director of Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigave Journalism.
Director of IPC, Mr Lanre Arogundade in his statement said, “The goal of the initiative is to facilitate a free and safe online environment for journalists and other media professionals in Nigeria and ensure that the right to freedom of expression for online journalism in Nigeria is respected, protected and guaranteed.”
It is part of activities under the ‘Nigerian Journalists Internet Rights Initiative’ (NJIRI) supported by the International Freedom of Exchange (IFEX).
“The objective is to advance the right to freedom of expression for online journalists in Nigeria. It is premised on ensuring that internet spaces and online platforms are safe and free of institutional limitations for journalists and other media practitioners to use as mediums of information and engagement”, said Arogundade.
“The event will also feature Journalists, Bloggers, Media Professional Associations/Unions; Media support groups, CSO groups, human rights/freedom of expression activists from civil society platforms and institutional stakeholder representatives.
“The participants are expected to engage in a tweet session through a dedicated hash tag, and Face book posts, to concerned government agencies, public officials, respective stakeholders and the general public online,” Arogundade said.
IPC therefore urges the media and general public to follow the conversations on twitter using any of the following, #Internet Rights, #End Impunity, #Journosafe.