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