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After 12years of working in the UN and shuttling between tough terrains, mediating crises, resolving conflicts as well as preaching the gospel of global peace, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, CFR decided to return to Nigeria to use his expertise and experience to help address the enormous developmental challenges that Nigeria, ECOWAS and Africa are grappling with. He established Savannah Centre to focus on the nexus between peace, democracy and development. Often times, most ‘think tanks’ are established to deal with one or two of the above three thematic issues. Savannah Centre was established on the underlying principle that peace, development and democracy are inextricably linked. Gambari was inspired by two UN Secretaries-General, both Africans – Boutros Boutros- Ghali and Kofi Annan. They both wrote seminal reports that dealt with peace, development and democracy in the world.

Democracy Stability and Media Accountability Project (DESMAP)

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To address the administrative and legal gaps that exist in the extant body of laws and code of ethics on journalism and media practice especially as they relate to the propagation of dangerous, false news and hate speeches.      
As part of the ongoing project undertaken by the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, on “Democracy, Stability and Media Accountability”, its Council Members paid an interactive visit to some media regulatory bodies/agencies in Lagos and Abuja to brainstorm and seek their support for our “HATE SPEECH IS NOT FREE SPEECH” (during and after elections) campaign.

The aim of these visits was to make journalists and their organizations more accountable in order to strengthen our democracy through the promotion of peace building;

To also address the administrative and legal gaps that exist in the extant body of laws and code of ethics on journalism and media practice especially as they relate to the propagation of dangerous and hate speeches,and false news reportage;

As well as to strengthen regulatory frameworks on media and journalism practice, and to further improve the capacity of the agencies to check and sanction the broadcast and dissemination of dangerous/hate speeches as a critical element of strengthening democracy and promoting peace-building in journalism practice and in our national polity.

The visits took place between 2nd and 10th February respectively, 2017

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