The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos, has perfected plans for the launch of a new initiative to enhance press freedom in Nigeria.
The ‘Nigerian Journalist Internet Rights Initiative (NJIRI)’ shall be unveiled next week in Lagos by IPC with the support of IFEX.
The Initiative “NJIRI)” aims to advance the right to freedom of expression for online journalists in Nigeria.
It is also 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.
The goal of the initiative, IPC confirmed, “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”.
At the event, IPC will also launch Research Report titled “Issues in frameworks, freedom of expression and Internet rights in Nigeria: A baseline research by the Nigerian Journalists Internet Rights Initiative (NJIRI)”.
“IPC will also unveil NJIRI Blog which shall be used in uploading and sharing resources and information on issues around the NJIRI campaign, and dissemination of statements of actions by CSO actors advancing internet rights issues, including the publication of news reports, and statements advancing freedom of expression, etc.”, an official of the Centre confirmed to TechEconomy.ng.
The programme is also part of IPC’s activities in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2018, aimed at increasing awareness on the Bill and to engage stakeholders to advocate for prompt Presidential assent.
The event is expected to be attended by key institutional functionaries, 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 who shall be expected to participate and interact physically as the live audience.