THE ILORIN DECLARATION

HAVING reviewed the Code of Ethics drafted at Ota, Ogun State in March 1996, delegates at the Forum for the Implementation of the Code of Ethics, held at Ilorin, Kwara State, affirm and declare as follows:

That we:

ACCEPT the imperative of a Code of Ethics as a vital pillar of Journalism and the necessity for the application of ethics tie ace standards;

AFFIRM that self-regulation through a Code of Ethics and other structures drawn up by professionals would best serve the interest of both the profession ad the public;

ENJOIN the Nigerian Union of Journalists, the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria to ensure the implementation of the eligibility criteria for entry into and practice of journalism in Nigeria, as contained in the Nigeria Press Council Decree No 85 of 1992;

PLEDGE to abide by the Code of Ethics and to promote the observance of its provisions by all journalists; and

URGE the Nigerian Press Council to collaborate with the Nigerian Press Organization to publicize the Code of Ethics for the benefit of the press and the public, and ensure compliance with its provisions hereafter.

SIGNED THIS DAY, MARCH 20, 1998
BY:

Mr Lanre Ogundipe
National President
Nigerian Union of Journalists
Mr Ray Ekpu
General Secretary
Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria

Mallam Garba Shehu
President
Nigerian Guild of Editors

Hadj Alade Odunewu
Chairman
Nigerian Press Council