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CPJ Demands Action On Killing Of Ghanaian Journalist

Authorities in Ghana should immediately investigate the killing of journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale Divela and ensure that threats against the press are taken seriously, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two men riding a motorcycle shot and killed Divela, a member of Tiger Eye Private Investigations, an investigative journalism outlet led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, as he was driving in the capital, Accra, yesterday, according to media reports and a video posted on Twitter by Anas. The journalist had told CPJ in September 2018 that people had attempted to attack him and that he…

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Minister Launches Project To Provide Satellite TV For Villages

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has launched the 1,000 Villages Satellite TV Project, which is part of the Chinese government-sponsored ‘Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages Project’. Launching the project at a ceremony in Kpaduma village, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Monday, the Minister recalled that Chinese President Xi Jiping announced the ‘Access To Satellite TV For 10,000 African Villages’ during the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He said under the project, each of the 1,000 carefully-chosen villages in…

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NUJ Launches Books On Aare Ona Kakanfo’s Inauguration Anniversary

The Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has completed work on two books to mark the first year anniversary of the installation of Iba Gani Ige Abiodun Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land. The Chairman, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, who disclosed this, said the idea behind the books: “Aare Gani Abiodun Adams: 15th Aare Onakakanfo” and “Gani Adams: Voice of the Media, Voice of the people,” is to put history in perspective for the present and coming generations. Akinreti said the country is fast…

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NPAN, MRA, Others Condemn Siege On Daily Trust

The Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), has joined the federal government and other agencies to strongly condemn, in very strong terms, the siege on Daily Trust, the arrest and detention of its staff as well as seizure of its computers.  In a statement signed by the Executive Secretary, Mr. Feyi Smith, NPAN said it: “ received with shock the news of the Nigerian Army’s siege to  the Daily Trust newspaper  offices in Abuja, Lagos and Maiduguri over the weekend; arresting an editor and reporter in addition to seizure of computers thereby disrupting the operation of that newspaper. “Although the unwholesome raid was called off on…

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NMMA Grand Patron:I won’t Disappoint Nigerians, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has appreciated the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians from different walks of life, vowing “I won’t disappoint”. Speaking on Thursday at State House, Abuja, as he was decorated Grand Patron of the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) by the Board of Trustees of the prime media awards organisation in the country, President Buhari described the investiture as “a timely honour”, adding that he had known a good number of the members of the NMMA board “since the time I didn’t even know I would be here”….

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Khashoogi: 11 Suspects Go On Trial, Face Death Penalty

The trial of 11 individuals over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has begun in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media report. Prosecutors have asked for the death penalty for five of the defendants. Khashoggi, a prominent United States-based critic of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October, 2018. Prosecutors say he was murdered in a “rogue” operation by agents sent to persuade him to return to the kingdom. Saudi Arabia has refused Turkey’s request to extradite 18 suspects for…

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Top Somali Journalist Killed In Mogadishu Terrorist Bomb Attack

One of Somalia’s most prominent journalists is among at least a dozen people killed in bomb attacks in the capital Mogadishu, reports say. Awil Dihar Salad, two security staff and his driver died in the first blast, a suicide car bomb at a checkpoint near the presidential palace. The deputy-governor of the local region was among those who were injured. There were further casualties in the second blast. Militant group al-Shabab said it carried out both attacks. At least 17 people were injured in the explosions, Reuters reported. Mr Salad,…

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2019: Media Urged To Embrace Ethics Of Election Coverage

An ace broadcaster, Femi Mapaderun on Wednesday advised media practitioners in the country to adhere strictly to the ethics of election coverage and reportage during 2019 general elections. Mapaderun gave the advice in Ilorin in his presentation at the one-day seminar on “Nigerian Journalists’ Ethics and Election Coverage and Reportage“, organised by the Kwara Directorate of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in conjunction with the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). According to him, the media practitioners more than ever needed to uphold ethics of their profession…

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Minister: N540bn Recovered Through Whistle Blower Policy

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has so far recovered over 540 billion Naira through the Whistle Blower Policy. The Minister disclosed this on Tuesday at the 71st General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. “To this end, as at May this year, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, through the Whistle Blower Policy, has recovered over N527 Billion, $53 million, and £122,890,” he said. Alhaji Mohammed, who was represented…

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Digital Switch-Over: Associates Exonerate Kawu Of Fraud Allegation 

The raging media report of alleged fraud in the award of the Federal Government’s Digital Switch-Over (DSO) project has been described as a deliberate attempt targeted at tarnishing the good reputation of the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu. Close associates of the DG said the attack might have been sponsored against Kawu whose profile has been on the rise on account of his role in ensuring the smooth migration of the country from analogue television broadcasting to digital broadcasting. It was alleged that the…

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