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Webinar on Combating COVID-19 Infodemic for journalists kicks off in Nigeria

by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna

The International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos-Nigeria in partnership with ‘The Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria’ (ACSPN), on Friday, kicked-off a webinar on “Combating COVID-19 Infodemic” for journalists. At least 100 journalists were expected to participate in the webinar.

The webinar is a partnership initiative under ACSPN’s Online Empowerment series and IPC’s capacity building programme for journalists, in pursuant to the objectives of Component 4b: Support to Media of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria – EU-SDGN.

This was contained on a statement signed by IPC’s Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, indicating that the training, which was scheduled to hold from 12 noon is sequel to the publication of a COVID-19 Reporting Advisory by the IPC.

The webinar session, according to the statement, was billed to feature speeches and presentations by guest of honour, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, who is head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS; Prof. Adebayo Fayoyin, on ‘understanding the causes and consequences of COVID-19 information crisis,’ and Dr. Clinton Okonye, on ‘The Science of Coronavirus: Differentiating Facts from Fiction;’ Prof. Nosa Owens-Ibie, Vice Chancellor, Caleb University and General Secretary, ACSPN, and Mr. Lanre Idowu, Executive Director, Media Review will also give opening and
closing remarks.

The IPC’s executive director, in the statement noted that “The webinar aims to mitigate the parallel challenge of disinformation and misinformation as an emerging infodemic around the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He further explained that the global lockdown has led to an international
surge in the demand and search for COVID-19 and Coronavirus-related
information; therefore, the webinar is expected to support the important role of journalists in combating misreporting and falsification in the era.

IPC, therefore, calls on journalists to register via Communications Officer, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria.

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