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Biden Sacks Pro-Trump Appointees At VOA

The Biden administration has moved quickly to remove a number of senior officials aligned with former President Donald Trump from the Voice of America and the agency that oversees all U.S.-funded international broadcasting. The actions address fears that the U.S. Agency for Global Media was being turned into a pro-Trump propaganda outlet. The agency announced Thursday that VOA’s director and his deputy had been removed from their positions and that the head of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting had resigned. The moves come just a day after President Joe Biden…

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FG Approves Payment Of Outstanding Salaries Of NNN Staff-Gov Lalong

The Chairman of Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, said the Federal Government had approved payment of outstanding salaries of all workers of New Nigerian Newspaper. The governor disclosed this while receiving secretaries to governments of the 19 Northern states, who paid him a courtesy visit, at the new Government House, Little Rayfield Jos. Lalong said the approval would enable a final decision to be taken on the future of one of the oldest newspapers in the country. The chairman thanked the secretaries, who were in Jos…

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Twitter Chief Defends Decision To Ban Trump

……Says It was Right But Sets Dangerous Precedent Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended the platform’s decision to suspend United States President Donald Trump’s account indefinitely, but also said it sets a dangerous precedent. Twitter banned the outgoing president in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob last week. “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with…

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Twitter, Facebook Suspend Trump, Threaten Further Actions

Donald Trump has been suspended from Twitter and Facebook after tweeting to supporters who attacked the US Capitol. In a social media message to protesters he said “I love you” before telling them to go home. He also repeated false claims about election fraud. Twitter said it required the removal of three tweets for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy”. The company said the president’s account would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed. It went on to say that “Future violations of the Twitter Rules……

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Buhari Pays Tribute To Late Veteran Journalist, Eddie Aderinokun

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of journalist, poet, author and sports administrator, Otunba Eddie Aderinokun, who passed on January 3, aged 80. The president made his feelings known in a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday. He saluted the more than 60 years of vibrant journalism practice by Aderinokun, which saw him rise to editorship of the then reputable Daily Express Newspaper, and his contribution to literature through many books, particularly on poetry. “Also unforgettable…

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Fox News Extends Streak, Sets Cable News Records In 2020

Ratings for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel topped all news and basic cable channels for a fifth straight year in 2020, according to Nielsen data released on Tuesday. The network averaged 1.9 million viewers per day and 3.6 million in primetime – record levels for cable news channels – during a news-heavy year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, protests for racial justice and a contentious U.S. presidential election. While Fox was ahead in key metrics when looking at the year as a whole, AT&T Inc’s CNN beat Fox in total…

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Night Of Tribute: Niger Gov Describes Late Publisher, Nda-Isaiah As Complete Gentleman

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has described the late Sam Nda-Isaiah, publisher of the Leadership and National Economy newspapers as a fantastic and complete gentleman. Bello gave this description during the night of tribute for the media magnate in Abuja on Sunday. “Uncle Sam, as I used to call him, is a fantastic man; a man of the people. “In November, I was down with COVID-19, Uncle Sam kept calling to encourage and guide, little did I know that COVID-19 will lead to his death,’’ the governor said. He…

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WHO Train Journalists On Effective COVID-19 Coverage

………Partners ENSG The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday organised a training workshop on reporting COVID-19 and its related issues for 32 journalists in Enugu State. The training, tagged: “COVID-19 sensitisation for media practitioners’’, was organised in conjunction with the State Government. In a speech during the exercise, Dr Ikechukwu Chidolue, the Focal Person, WHO Enugu State Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), said the training was designed to equip journalists on how to ensure positive and accurate reportage of COVID-19 issues. Chidolue said the exercise also availed journalists the…

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New NAN Editor-In-Chief Assures Staff Of Improved Working Condition

The new Editor-in-Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Silas Nwoha, has assured the staff of the Editorial Department of an improved working condition in the bid to return the agency to its glorious days. Nwoha made the pledge on Friday in Abuja while addressing members of staff in his maiden speech following the appointment. He urged Reporters and Editors to rise to the challenge of returning NAN to the status of being the flagship of the media industry in Nigeria. He pledged that welfare issues would be…

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Nigerian Guild of Editors Mourns Sam Nda-Isaiah

The Nigerian Guild of Editors expresses shock at the demise of the Chairman and Publisher of Leadership Group of Newspapers, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, at the age of 58. NGE is shocked at his sudden death because the late Nda-Isaiah attended a meeting of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) in Lagos last Tuesday, where the Chairman of Media Trust Limited, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, was elected as the new President. The Nigerian media industry has indeed lost a thorough-bred professional, who made invaluable contributions to the development of journalism Africa.…

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