LAGOS, Nigeria, December 2, 2021 / APO Group / –
Recognizing the vital importance of a free press and ‘fourth estate’ to democracy and good governance, the United States Embassy and the Nigerian Publishers Guild jointly launched today in Lagos the first of six City Halls and Workshops focused on the media to be held throughout the country in the coming months. The capacity building program will provide a forum for more than 200 participating Nigerian editors and independent press leaders to discuss and share best practices, and also to hear from American experts on topics such as journalistic standards, identification of biases, and realization based in facts. investigative reporting to better inform the Nigerian public.
In her keynote address at the opening program in Lagos, United States Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard spoke about the challenges facing Nigeria and other democracies around the world and highlighted the greatest strengths of democracy: the ability to improve and reinvent itself. to herself. When citizens’ faith in democracy, good governance and elections is restored, they will invariably want to be part of that system and will defend it.
Ambassador Leonard noted: “Our hope is that in this forum today you will lead and serve as a catalyst for future discussions on the fight against disinformation; increased transparency; construction of solutions; and promoting media literacy and its contribution to a democracy that is accountable to its people ”.
Nigerian Publishers Guild General Secretary Iyobosa Uwugiaren said: “At the end of the project, we expect to see a group of Nigerian editors, senior journalists and media managers, who will be galvanized and committed to the highest ethical standards and forceful actions to “Publishers committed to the promotion and protection of the right to the independent press, freedom of expression and the deepening of the democratic space; and constantly projecting problem-based governance in defense of the mass of the Nigerian people. “
The town halls and publishers’ workshops are supported by a grant from the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Abuja to the Publishers Guild of Nigeria. The town halls and publisher workshops are supported by a public diplomacy grant from the United States Embassy in Abuja to the Nigerian Publishers Guild. In addition to Lagos, the programs will take place in Kano in January 2022, Yola, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Enugu.
The United States government is committed to initiatives that strengthen the capacity of the media in Nigeria. For years, the US Mission has funded partnerships that promote democratic governance, unity, and stability in Nigeria by enhancing government transparency and accountability, the rule of law, a free and professional media, as well as the capacity and commitment of civil society. US-based webinars, seminars, workshops, and training opportunities, such as the International Visitor Leadership Program and the Foreign Press Center’s International Reporting Tours, demonstrate our commitment to the proud partnership we have enjoyed over the years. long time with Nigeria.
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