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NPC, IPC commend Press on 2015 polls coverage

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 at 9:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Akinwunmi King Snr Reporter, Lagos

The Nigerian Press Council (NPC) and the International Press Centre (IPC) have commended national and regional newspapers, online media and social media platforms in Nigeria, over the coverage given to the just concluded 2015 general elections.

NPC and IPC gave the commendation in their March 2015 report for monitoring of the reportage of 2015 elections by selected newspapers, online media and social media platforms.

The organisations described the exercise as crucial as it was the month that the presidential elections took place, adding that “while it was expected that the concerned 12 national newspapers, seven regional newspapers, four online media and three social media platforms would animatedly cover the electioneering process, the underlining hope was that they would do so with the desired compliance with professional and ethical standards.”

In their observations, the organisations observed that the monitored newspapers put campaign issues at the apex of their reporting for the month, which according to them represented a willingness to assist the voters to make informed choices at the polls.

They noted that the percentage of coverage devoted to voter education was rather low at 13 per cent for the national newspapers and 8.4 per cent for the regional newspapers, especially being the election month when there were renewed agitations over the voting process and the use of card readers.

The March report, signed by of the organisations’ Director, Lanre Arogundade, they explained that the pattern of the reporting of the political parties was consistent with the fact that coverage was again skewed in favour of the two biggest political parties Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) which apparently deployed more human and material resources for the campaigns.