The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos in collaboration with European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN), recently held a two-day capacity building workshop for 40 journalists on the best media practices in covering the electoral process.

Speaking at the workshop in Kano, the director, IPC, Dr Lanre Arogundade, said the workshop was aimed at building a professional media as catalysts of democratic accountability, credible elections and good governance.

Arogundade, who was represented by the programme manager, Stella Nwofia, thanked media partners who contributed to the development of the media code of ethics.

He however thanked the International Press Institute (IPI) for providing the platform for the launch of the code and the European Union for supporting the production and dissemination.

Speaking, Prof Umar Pate from the Bayero University Kano presented two papers titled, “Conflict Sensitiveness and Avoiding Hate Speech As Imperatives in Reporting Elections Ahead of 2019”; and “Reporting Post-election: Paying Attention to the Issue of Democratic Accountability,” respectively.

Prof Pate while presenting the papers, urged the Journalists to desist from allowing themselves to be used by desperate politicians and adhere to the principles of conflict sensitivity reporting among others.

Also speaking, a media practitioner and an editorial board member of the Guardian newspaper, Lagos, Mr Martins Oloja who presented a paper titled, “Legal and Regulatory frameworks for reporting elections: The pitfalls to avoid”, explained that the 2019 elections is going to be a unique one and also advised journalists to advance from news writing to contextual reporting.

Mr Oloja also enjoined Journalists to adhere to the ethics of the profession, and ensure self-discipline. He noted that integrity is the most valuable attribute that no one should leave his or her home without it.

On her part, the director, International Society of Media, Mrs. Moji Makanjuola who presented a paper titled, “Factoring development, social and human interest issues into election reporting in Nigeria,” appealed to journalists to always be gender balance in their reportage by promoting women in politics.