Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo and Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr. Peter Obi are among the speakers at the third edition of the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) Annual New Media Conference holding at the Sandralia Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria, on Wednesday 16, January 2019.
The theme of this year’s conference is: Free Press and Objective Reporting in the 2019 Election year.
In a statement on Friday, OPAN President, Austyn Ogannah, said the one-day conference will provide an interactive platform for new media practitioners – publishers, bloggers and social media influencers, to engage with government and state institutions on issues bothering on legal and regulatory frameworks for reporting elections, corruption in elections, ethics and professionalism in reporting elections in Nigeria and the independence and media literacy of the judicial system.
Other issues to be explored according to the OPAN President are conflict sensitiveness and hate speech, the dangers of fake news in a multi-ethnic society in an election year, digitally reporting election results, social media and INEC rules, among other topics.
Ogannah said top officials including vice presidential candidates of the two leading political parties – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN (APC), Mr. Peter Obi (PDP), INEC chairman, Mr. Mahmood Yakubu, EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, candidates of other political parties, lawmakers, lawyers, and representatives from civil society groups and the judiciary will participate at the conference.
The president further said all addresses delivered at the conference will be complied and published in a book to be unveiled at the 4th annual conference next year.