05 Mar 2022
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Freedom of Information Act: Editor’s Tools for Promoting Accountability and Good Governance. A text of a lecture delivered by Dr. Sam Amadi, Director, Abuja School of Social and Political Thought,

Introduction: As Nigeria prepares to put together the final processes for the 2023 general elections, one of the most important issues for public discourse should be freedom of information. As I will argue later, it is not conceivable to think about a robust democracy that is not built on the foundations of freedom of expression...

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04 Mar 2022
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Role Of Editors in Preserving Democracy By US Speaker David Mark

The United States has a lot of strong traditions in freedom of the press. As I mentioned yesterday, there are constitutional amendments protecting press freed oms. Still the U.S. is far from perfect in its press operations. But it does have a robust history of trying to scrutinize and report on those in power. Not...

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03 Mar 2022
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Remarks By Mary Beth Leonard, US Ambassador to Nigeria

Honored Friends of the Media, Academia and Civil Society: I’m delighted to be with you this afternoon to speak about a topic that I know is central to this workshop and foremost in your minds, and that is the defense and protection of hard-won press freedoms and the perseverance of Nigeria’s precious democracy. Whether you...

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03 Mar 2022
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AN OPENING REMARK BY THE GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR DAAR COMMUNICATIONS PLC, TONY AKIOTU , CHAIRMAN OF THE TOWNHALL ORGANISED BY THE NIGERAN GUILD OF EDITORS

The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Fellows of the Guild, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, most respected Resource Persons, Civil Society Groups, Pro-media Rights Organisations, Traditional Rulers, other Distinguished Guests, Distinguished Editors, Ladies and Gentlemen, this is an auspicious opportunity for Nigerian Editors to do a thorough examination and assessment of the...

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03 Mar 2022
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REMARKS BY BARR. FESTUS OKOYE, NATIONAL COMMISSIONER AND CHAIRMAN INFORMATION AND VOTER EDUCATION COMMITTEE.

Introduction On behalf of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, we thank the President and the General Secretary of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) for inviting the Commission to this Town Hall Meeting with the theme: “Agenda Setting for Sustainable Democratic Culture”. The Commission believes that this meeting...

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02 Mar 2022
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Tools for Editors to Fact check and manage more efficiently

•FactCheck.org: “FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania….a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads,...

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02 Mar 2022
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Assessing Media Performance in Consolidating Nigeria’s Democracy: Citizens’ Verdict and Outlining an Agenda for the Future

Thank you so much for inviting me to speak at this important event. Our paths intersect in many interesting ways. AUN is a development university and we see ourselves as extensions of our community. We believe that what affects our society affects us. That is why we have partnered with a range of organizations including...

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02 Mar 2022
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Practical tips for daily Journalism By David Mark

Framing Questions is Hugely Important An important tactic in U.S. political journalism is trying to catch public officials in acts of hypocrisy. That is, saying one thing and acting a different way. Jan. 6 footage https://www.npr.org/2021/06/18/1008211655/new-videos-underscore-the-violence-against-police-at-the-jan-6-capitol-riot Reaction of Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) Skills Needed to Be a Good Journalist A bit about my professional background....

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01 Mar 2022
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Freedom of Information Act: editors’ tool for good governance by Umaru A. Pate Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State

Introduction There is a positive and direct relationship between freedom of expression and good governance in Nigeria; the more open the system, the higher the quality of governance Freedom of expression and media freedom are crucial rights for protecting and daily realising of other human rights which are crucial for good governance Freedom of expression...

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01 Mar 2022
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Importance of a free media by US Speaker, David Mark. Political journalist, author, and public speaker.

Free press coverage is crucial for a successful democracy. It provides the public the tools to make crucial decisions about their country’s governance. In the United States freedom of the press is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution. It’s the world’s oldest living and active document. It has its flaws, but along with freedom...

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