As the 2023 election draws closer, The International Press Centre (IPC), implementing partners with the Institute for Media and Society (IMS) has organized a media roundtable to update the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage
The meeting was organized in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. under component 4 (Support to media) of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria-Phase 2 (EUSDGN II) project is aimed at fulfilling the objectives of Component 4 for effective electoral coverage in the country.
IPC noted that the overall goal of the media in championing the development and dissemination of electioneering activities can not be overemphasized, hence updating the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage is a key regulatory guideline for election reportage for best practice.
Thus remained resolute that its harmonization will yield the needed result.
The Executive Director, of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade in a statement stated that “Ahead of the 2023 elections, it has become imperative to not only update and re-produce the code in line with the overall goal of the media component of EUSDGN II but to additionally deliberate on enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance by journalists and media institutions.
“Following the review, the code will be re-published and widely distributed with availability in many more online media, to broaden the scope of distribution beyond the milestone that was achieved in 2018.
“IPC expects the reviewed and updated code to provoke further stakeholders’ commitment to creating an enabling atmosphere for hitch-free coverage of their activities.”
Participants at the event are Media representatives, Professional Bodies/Associations, CSOs, Academia, Journalists, government, EMBs, and CSOs. As the statement was further signed by Olutoyin Ayoade Communications OfficerbComponent 4 (Support to media) EUSDGN II Project