Last Friday, Kaneng Rwang Pam and Marek Mracka, media analysts with the European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission Nigeria 2015 paid a visit to the International Press Centre’s Media Monitoring Centre and were warmly received by the Director, IPC, Lanre Arogundade.
Arogundade, while briefing the visitors, noted that the media monitoring project is a joint exercise being undertaken by the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) and the International Press Centre (IPC) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme’s Democratic Governance for Development Project (UNDP-DGDIII) through the funding support of its partners including the EU, the UK AID, the Canadian Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFTAD) and the UNDP.
He further said the exercise will help to provide important bench-mark for assessing the standard of performance of the print, broadcast, online and now, the social media in relation to the duties and obligations of the media during election periods namely: the civic and voter education role, the pubic educator role, the campaign platform/open forum role and the conflict management role.
Marek commended IPC for the success recorded with the project so far and urged the organization to continue to strengthen media capacity in deepening democracy and good governance in Nigeria. He added that they look forward to the release of the full report at the completion of the project.
Twenty-six newspapers, both privately and government owned and three Online media and four social media platforms are being monitored in the course of the exercise.
See photos of the media monitoring centre below: