Journalists’ Safety (OSF)

Project Start Date: January 1, 2018

Project End Date: January 1, 2020

The Open Society Foundation (OSF) is supporting IPC to execute a three-year project on “Safety Awareness, Impactful Reporting of Communities and Improved Institutional Capacity of IPC.

The project which runs from 2018-2020 builds on the gains of the previous 2016-2017 project also supported by OSF on, “Advancing the Safety of Journalists in Nigeria and Organizational Strengthening of IPC” which was also supported by OSF, 2016-2017.

The objective of this project includes:

  • To sustain and improve on the culture of monitoring, documentation and raising of awareness on the safety of journalists in Nigeria;
  • To establish the key safety concerns and issues of journalists in Nigerian through nation-wide survey
  • To build a national consensus among relevant stakeholders on appropriate frameworks on the safety of journalists in Nigeria;
  • To enhance the capacity of journalists covering local areas on issues of accountability, transparency and development and improve their safety consciousness; and
  • To enhance the institutional sustainability and visibility of IPC.

On the basis of the above objectives, the project seeks to continue to expand the frontiers of safety of journalists and press freedom in Nigeria through continued sensitization of media professionals and other relevant stakeholders.

It aims to broaden the scope of monitoring and documentation of attacks on journalists through the training of and engagement of six field monitors in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. The project will as well use the instrumentality of monkey-survey to establish the safety issues germane to journalists in Nigeria, the outcome of which would be subject of discussion at roundtables with media professional bodies.

The project consists of the following core activities:

  • Monitoring and documentation of attacks on journalists using 3 newspapers and other media/online reports as primary sources of information over the project period of 3 years.
  • Online survey of journalists to establish their main safety problems
  • Forum with NUJ and NGE on safety of journalists
  • Training and engagement of 6 independent journalists (and or freedom of expression activists) to monitor and report attacks across the geopolitical zones.
  • One Pilot Capacity building for local journalists and awareness creation on impactful reporting of grassroots development issues and safety consciousness.
  • Publication and dissemination of resource guide on impactful reporting of grassroots development issues and safety consciousness.
  • Publication of annual report (online) (2017/2018)
  • Conduct of and publication of audit report (2017/2018)
  • Re-design of organizational website
  • Organization of staff and management retreat, etc.

The project also seeks to build journalistic capacity at the state and local levels on investigative reporting that is tailored towards promoting social and economic development especially in the context of making governance open and accessible to the people.