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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

IPC unveils journalists advisory on COVID-19 Reporting - ITREALMS

The Nigeria-based International Press Center (IPC) has unveiled an advisory to aid journalists in the course of covering and reporting the Coronavirus also known as Covid-19 pandemic in the country, reports ITREALMS.

Executive Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, told 
ITREALMS that generations of Nigerian journalists were covering a pandemic for the first time and therefore needed as much professional support as possible.

Mr. Arogundade also said as front men and women in the effort to disseminate information that would help combat the pandemic, journalists were being exposed to heath and security risks, which must be addressed through diverse means.

"It is against this background that the advisory is divided into three parts - Safety, Ethics and Professionalism and Social Responsibility", he said. Mr. Arogundade said the advisory had also become necessary because the Covid-19 infection was spreading to more states and all journalists, whether on the field or not, should benefit from relevant knowledge.

"The advisory derives from and complements existing national, regional and media standards for crisis reporting", "he said.

The IPC Director said the release of the advisory would be followed by capacity trainings for journalists in partnership with other media and communication professional bodies in the next couple of days.

"The trainings would enable journalists to share information and ask questions based on their experience on the field and in turn receive more professional support ", Mr. Arogundade said.

As said by him, the advisory was developed in pursuant to the objectives of Component 4b: Support to Media of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria, although the responsibility for the content was solely that of IPC.


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