Over 400 editors will converge in Owerri, Imo State between November 9 and 12 for their conference aimed at examining the political landscape in the country ahead of 2023 general elections.
President, Nigerian Guild of Editors’ (NGE), the umbrella of all the editors in Nigeria, Mutsapha Isah and the General Secretary, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, in statement on Sunday, said that this year’s conference is carefully designed to examine the political landscape, with theme, ‘Political Landscape, Credible Elections And The Role Of Editors.’
‘’The goal of the conference is to achieve near consensus among senior editors, media owners, managers – in shaping constructive, objective and productive narrative before, during and after the 2023 general elections – in order to achieve credible and peaceful elections in the general interest of our nation.
‘’The unfailing strong argument is that an objective and skilled media is an essential component of any democratic society. It provides the useful and reliable information, which the polity requires to make responsible and informed decisions.
‘’The media carries out a checking function – ensuring that elected public holders uphold their oaths of office, electoral campaign promises and that they carry out the wishes of the people’’, the NGE added.
The editors explained that the choice of this year’s theme was informed by the fact that the media enables the electorate to make knowledgeable decisions by providing useful information that enriches their knowledge of electoral process.
According to the NGE, the performance of these obligations entails the adherence of the highest ethical standard of professionalism, maximum compliance with regulatory frameworks and respect to the public good and interest.
“The media as the watchdog of the society should be facilitators of transparent electoral processes and credible, free, fair and peaceful elections.
‘’We believe that if editors play their role very well it will contribute to the conduct of credible election that is devoid of violence.’’
The All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC) is the biggest gathering of Nigerian editors and owners of mass media: newspapers, magazines, radio/television stations and online newspapers in Nigeria.
The yearly conference also attracts local media focused organisations and our foreign partners: World Editors Forum (WEF), West African Editors Forum (WAEF), African Editors Forum (AEF), International Press Institute (IPI) and World Association of Newspapers (WAN).
Security chiefs, members of the electoral body, scholars and other stakeholders are expected at the conference.