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The country’s mainstream media and stakeholders, including civil society and non-media groups, will meet in Lagos on Monday to discuss an acceptable framework for regulating the media industry in the country.

The Executive Secretary of the Newspaper Owners Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Feyi Smith, said so in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by our reporter over the weekend from Abuja.

He explained that the move, aimed at building public confidence by establishing a credible adjudicative mechanism, was under the auspices of NPAN in collaboration with the Nigerian Editors Guild (NGE), Union of Journalists of Nigeria (NUJ) and Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) and the MacArthur Foundation.

The statement said that “respected media guru and former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, will chair the roundtable. Other prominent leaders from practice, management, ownership, academia and media professionals, leaders from leading media NGOs, the bar, the legislature and the diplomatic corps are also expected.

“The theme of the roundtable would be: ‘Deepening media professionalism through co-regulation’, and the program would be in two sessions.

The first would be on “Reflections on co-regulation through an independent ombudsman framework”, the second session would examine “the revised draft of a new code of ethics for Nigerian journalists”.

The event would be held at Protea Hotel Ikeja Select, Alausa, Ikeja at 10:00 a.m.,
NPAN Chairman and Nigeria Press Organization (NPO) Chairman Mallam Kabiru Yusuf would be assisted by NGE Chairman Mr. Mustapha Isah; NUJ President, Chief Chris Isiguzo; President of BON, Mr. John Ugbe; Chairman of Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria, Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce; Chairman of the IBAN and President of the Bar Association of Nigeria (NBA) Mr. Yakubu. C. Maikyau, SAN.

The others are Vanguard Newspapers editor Sam Amuka; ThisDay Newspapers and Arise TV Editor Prince Nduka Obaigbena; Former Newswatch Editor Ray Ekpu, Guardian Newspapers Editor Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru, Business Day Editor Frank Aigbogun, Punch Newspapers Chairman Ms Angela Emuwa, Channels TV Chairman John Momoh, Former Guardian Managing Director Lade Bonuola, Diamond Publications CEO Lanre Idowu, Managing Director of Vanguard Newspapers Gbenga Adefaye, Leadership Editor Azu Ishiekwene, CEO Daria Media and Radio Now Ms. Kadaria Ahmed, and Feyi Smith of NPAN, among others.

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