On 400 publishers are due to gather in Owerri, Imo state, between November 9-12, to take a look at the political landscape, with security chiefs, electoral body members, academics and other stakeholders expected to attend the conference.
A statement yesterday from Nigerian Publishers Guild (NGE) President Mutsapha Isah and Secretary General Iyobosa Uwugiaren said this year’s conference is carefully designed to examine politics in the country, with one theme: “Panorama politics, credible elections and the role of publishers.”
The statement said: “The goal of the conference is to achieve a close consensus among senior editors, owners and managers of the media, in shaping a constructive, objective and productive narrative before, during and after the general elections of 2023, to have credible and peaceful elections. in the general interest of our nation.
“The solid, infallible argument is that an objective and capable media is an essential component of any democratic society. It provides the useful and reliable information that the policy requires to make informed decisions.
“The media fulfills a control function: to guarantee that the elected public holders keep their oaths of office, their electoral campaign promises and that they fulfill the wishes of the people.”
The editors explained that the choice of this year’s theme was based on the fact that the media enables the electorate to make informed decisions by providing useful information that enriches their knowledge of the electoral process.
According to the coordinating body for all publishers in Nigeria, compliance with these obligations implies adherence to the highest ethical standard of professionalism, maximum adherence to regulatory frameworks, and respect for the public good and interest.
The NGE added: “The media as guardians of society must be facilitators of transparent electoral processes and credible, free, fair and peaceful elections.
“We believe that if editors play their role very well, they will contribute to credible elections free from violence.”
The All Nigeria Publishers Conference (ANEC) is the largest gathering of publishers and owners of Nigerian media: newspapers, magazines, radio/TV stations and online newspapers in Nigeria.
The annual conference also attracts local media, focused organizations and our foreign partners: World Editors Forum (WEF), West African Editors Forum (WAEF), African Editors Forum (AEF), International Press Institute (IPI) and World Association of Newspapers. (WAN). ).