The International Press Center, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria, has launched an advisory to aid journalists reporting the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The advisory was developed pursuant to the objectives of Component 4b: Support to Media of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria, said the Executive Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade.
Mr Arogundade, in a statement by Communications Officer of IPC, Olutoyin Ayoade, maintained that as front men and women in the effort to disseminate information that would help combat the pandemic, journalists were being exposed to heath and security risks, which must be addressed through diverse means.
He added that the advisory had also become necessary as the COVID-19 infection was spreading to more states and all journalists, whether on the field or not, should benefit from relevant knowledge.
He also noted that the generations of Nigerian journalists were covering a pandemic for the first time and therefore needed as much professional support as possible.
“It is against this background that the advisory is divided into three parts – Safety, Ethics and Professionalism and Social Responsibility.
“The advisory derives from and complements existing national, regional and media standards for crisis reporting,” he said.
The IPC Director also said the release of the advisory would be followed by capacity trainings for journalists in partnership with other media and communication professional bodies in the next couple of days.
“The trainings would enable journalists to share information and ask questions based on their experience on the field and in turn receive more professional support,” Mr. Arogundade added.
Download a copy of the advisory here