In her welcome address, the Programme Officer of IPC, Stella Nwofia, said the workshop became imperative taking cognizance of the attacks on journalists in the country.
She said the experts’ meeting was being convened as part of a project on safety of journalists and conflicts in with the objective to conduct an assessment that would provide a baseline information on safety of journalists in Nigeria especially in the context of UNESCO’s Journalists’ Safety Indicator at the national level so as to facilitate an intervention plan by UNESCO, its partners and other interested stakeholders.
As you know ever since the Federal Government passed the freedom of information act which should enable the journalists obtain information from the government without molestation the reverse however has been the case.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
-US Senator John McCain(At National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia)
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