Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN), is set to hold a conference on free press and objective reporting of 2019 elections in Abuja on Wednesday.
OPAN president, Austyn Ogannah, made this known in a media statement distributed today.
Ogannah, said the one-day conference will provide an interactive platform for new media practitioners – publishers, bloggers and social media influencers, to engage with government and state institutions on issues bothering on legal and regulatory frameworks for reporting elections, corruption in elections, ethics and professionalism in reporting elections in Nigeria and the independence and media literacy of the judicial system.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Ibrahim Magu, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and lots of others have confirmed their participation in the event.
He added that other issues to be discussed are conflict sensitiveness and hate speech, dangers of fake news and the social media and INEC rules.
He said Peter Obi, vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lawmakers and ambassadors are expected to be at the conference.
Addresses delivered at the conference will be compiled and published in a book that would be presented at the next annual conference of OPAN next year.