Nigerian editors urge press to hold politicians accountable

  Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian editors rounded off a three-day forum in Lagos Saturday with a declaration that the press must hold elected officials in the country accountable, as part of efforts to ensure good governance.
"The press has a duty to nurture development by tackling corruption, monitoring public institutions and the conduct of public officials," the editors said after the workshop, tagged "The media and good governance".
They said that the duty of the press to "reflect the concerns of the people on the issues related to the fight against poverty, disease and ignorance is crucial to the democratic process.
" However, they noted that the press must also address criticisms of its own practices to ensure a positive perception by the public.
"The forum resolved to work towards the establishment of a media industry-driven regulatory mechanism to check abuses and excesses in the media and complaints by the public on professional misconduct," the editors said.
They also expressed support for the ban placed on all working journalists by newspaper publishers, from joining news cartels, which are widely perceived as one of the avenues for dragging the profession into disrepute.
Thirty-five editors from the print and electronic media across the country attended the forum, organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors in collaboration with the World Bank Institute, Canadian International Development Agency, Commonwealth Press Union and the West African Newsmedia and Development Centre.

14 april 2002 13:24:00

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