World Press Freedom

Lagos – World Press Freedom Day 2011 was celebrated in Nigeria on May 3, 2011. In Lagos, the United Nations Information Centre participated in an event jointly organized by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate and the Nigerian Union of Journalists.

No fewer than forty-five journalists and representatives of other media interest groups took part in the event which started with an interactive teleconference session between the participants in Lagos and Elizabeth Bryant, a Paris-based American print/radio journalist.

Ms. Bryant an editor with over 15years media experience has worked with United Nations, Agence France Presse (AFP), Voice of America (VOA) and a host of other organizations. Ms. Bryant’s presentation focused on Social Media as a New Frontier to modern day Journalism and discussions centered on the threats of Social Media to Journalism with regards to ethics and protocols and how Social Media may affect or enhance the future of Journalism.

The statement of United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, for the 2011 World Press Freedom Day was presented by Mrs. Olajumoke Araba of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).

Two guest lecturers, Mr. Samuel Eyitayo, Information Resource Center Director at the United States Consulate, Lagos and Mr. Simon Kolawole, Editor of Thisday Newspaper also made presentations on Social Media & Journalism and New Frontiers; New Barriers respectively.

The event concluded with a question and answer session anchored by Mr. Wahab Oba, Chairman, NUJ Lagos and Mr. Mohammed Garba, the National President of the NUJ.