Stakeholders To Evaluate Media And Nigerian Democracy On 2023 Democracy Day

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) will host the June edition of its Journalism & Society Twitter Spaces with the theme, ‘Media and Democracy: How has Nigeria fared?’, on Monday, 12 June, by 11 am.

Panellists will assess how the media has progressed or regressed under democracy and how the media has supported the growth of democracy since Nigeria’s return to democratic governance in 1999. Join the conversation here.

The panellists are Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of Premium Times; Stella Din-Jacob, Director of News, TVC Communications; and Hafsat Abiola-Costello, founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND). Others are Tolu Ogunlesi, former Special Assistant on Digital/New Media to former Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari; Mercy Abang, CEO of Hostwriter; and Patrick Allam, Legal Compliance officer at Spaces for Change (S4C). Chioma Ezenwafor, News editor at Nigeria Info, Cool FM and Wazobia FM, Port Harcourt, will moderate the event.

June 12 commemorates the democratic election of the late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO) on 12 June 1993, which the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida cancelled. On 6 June 2019, the former President, Muhammadu Buhari, changed Nigeria’s Democracy Day from 29 May, the day the military handed over power to civilians in 1999, to 12 June.

The WSCIJ Journalism & Society Twitter Spaces, held monthly, serves as a platform for conversations and debates about the role of the media in society. It brings together journalists, civil society organisations, human rights advocates, students of communication, political science, and journalism, and members of the public.

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