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IPC launches documentaries on attacks on journalists

Abimbola Abatta

The International Press Center (IPC) is set to launch two documentaries and a publication on attacks on journalists in Abuja today in Abuja, FCT.

The first of the documentaries and the publication are titled, ‘Voices From Covid-19 Frontlines’ while the second documentary is titled ‘Voices From #EndSARS Frontlines.’

The event being organised to commemorate the year 2022 World press Freedom Day held globally on May 3rd  under the theme: ‘Journalism Under Digital Siege,’ will also feature a stakeholders’ roundtable on protection for journalists during periods of national crisis or public emergencies.

IPC’s Programme Manager, Mrs. Stella Nwofia, said in a statement that the two-in-one-event is conceived by the organisation to bring stakeholders together to examine sustainable frameworks and mechanisms for halting media repression, stop impunity for crimes against journalists and guarantee the safety of journalists, amidst concerns over the shrinking of the civic space in Nigeria.

According to her Dr. Kole Shettima, the Director of MacArthur Foundation will deliver the Keynote address while Alkali Baba Usman, the Inspector General or his representative will also be a speaker. Mr. Kabir Yusuf, the President of NPAN, is expected to present the publication.

Director Public Policy Initiative of Sheu Musa Yar’adua Foundation, Amara Nwakpa, will deliver special remarks alongside a representative of the International Freedom of Exchange (IFEX), which along with MacArthur Foundation, Luminate, Ford Foundation and OSIWA are supporting the event.

Mrs. Nwofia said other speakers who will participate in the event include, Chris Isiguzo, NUJ President; Mrs. Stephanie Adams Douglas, Coalition of WhistleBlowers; Mr. Aliyu.M. Aliyu, Vice-President, Nigerian Guild of Editors; Mr. Raheem Adedoyin, Director, International Press Institute; Dr. Peter Afunanya, PRO, DSS; Mr. Abdul Mahmud, Legal Practitioner; Mr. Kabir Garba Tsanni, President, RATTAWU and Mrs. Ladi Bala, NAWOJ President among others.

The programme will, among others, feature the participation of journalists and editors, media organisations, media professional bodies and associations, media regulatory agencies, press freedom organisations, media and digital rights organisations, security agencies, government representatives, legal practitioners, human rights organisations, foreign missions and international development organisations.

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