IPC, NPC to hold press conference on media coverage of 2015 elections



The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria and the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) will today hold a press/tweet conference, during which the two media institutions will release the findings and outcome of the monitoring of the coverage and reportage of the 2015 elections for the months of November and December, 2014.

According to a statement signed by Mr. Lanre Arogundade, Director, IPC, the press/tweet conference will also enable the two institutions to release preliminary observations on media coverage of the elections for the month of January 2015.

The monitoring exercise is being supported by the United Nations Development Programme’s Democratic Governance for Development Project (UNDP-DGD) 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.

Arogundade noted that the monitoring exercise started in November 2014 and is being conducted in the context of media performance of its duties and obligations during elections as well as compliance with professional, ethical, regulatory, gender-supportive, language-sensitive and conflict-sensitive standards of elections coverage.

“We are monitoring twenty three national and regional newspapers including Daily Sun, The Nation, National Mirror, Vanguard, The Punch, ThisDay, Daily Independent, The Guardian,  Nigerian Tribune, Champion, Chronicle, Daily Star, Observer, Peoples Daily, Daily Trust, Nigerian Pilot, Leadership, Blueprint, Desert Herald, Fresh Facts, The Abuja Inquirer, Newsday and The Gleaners.

“Additionally, IPC is monitoring three online media – The Tide, Cable News, Premium Times – and four social media platforms – Enough-is-Enough, Reclaim Naija, INEC and Sahara Reporters” he said.

The press/tweet conference will be attended by prominent media professionals and stakeholders as well as development partners.