Anambra 2021: IPC Creates Special Journalists’ Safety Monitoring, Alert Desk


*Issues Advisory on Coverage

From Ngozi Omaha, Awka
Nov 5,2021


Just 24 hours to the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6, 2021, the International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos-Nigeria, has announced the establishment of a Special Journalists’ Safety Monitoring & Alert Desk for Journalists and other media professionals covering the poll.

IPC Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said the special alert desk would operate from Friday November 5 to Sunday November 7 to cover the immediate pre-election, the election and the immediate post-election periods.

According to him,”Journalists have been molested by security agents and political thugs during previous elections despite accreditation by INEC and nothing can be taken for granted.

The special alert desk will monitor and document the situation of journalists and other media professionals and send out immediate alerts if they encounter problems.

Journalists and other media professionals on ground were therefore advised to reach the special alert desk should the need arise as follows:

Hotlines:
+234 802 362 6281
+234 806 381 0424
+234 813 277 6441
+234 0811 450 3887

Twitter: @IPCng

Facebook: IPC Nigeria.

IPC also advises journalists and other media professionals covering the elections to avail themselves of the services of the ANAMBRA GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION SECURITY MONITORING ROOM estblished by the Cleen Foundation.

In case of any emergency or distress, they can call the situation room numbers:
+234 8060463492,
+234 9032506317

The Anambra State Council of the NUJ can also be reached on:
+2348039329116,
+2348181119464

In the alternative they can reach the following senior police officers as provided by the situation room:

+234 7034135464

Ag. DIG ZAKI M. AHMED (OPERATIONS)

+234 8106160007

AIG DASUKI D. GALADANCHI,mni (CTU)

+234 8110542985

AIG ABANG B. JOHN (PMF)

+234 8033018835

AIG MURI UMAR MUSA (ZONE 13)

+234 8036448894

CP ECHENG ECHENG

(ANAMBRA COMMAND CP)

+234 7039194332

CONTROL ROOM NUMBER

Complaints about police actions can also be directed to:
+234 8131199111
+234 8057000001

Advisory
IPC also charges journalists covering the election to abide with the provisions of the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage requiring adherence to the ethical and professional standards of factual accuracy, discipline of verification, avoidance of disinformation and misinformation, avoidance of hate speech and conflict sensitivity.

They should equally abide with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and refrain from publishing results that are not approved by INEC.

IPC particularly enjoins journalists on the ground to:

• Always have on them INEC’s accreditation card and organisational identity card

• Refrain from going out if not accredited by INEC

• Constantly inform colleagues or editors and family about location and challenges

• Be familiar with the polling units in advance, and identify exit points in case of emergency

• Wear appropriate PPE

• Back up documents in a secure storage

• Draw up a plan B in case of loss of internet and devices and other crisis situations

• Memorise an emergency number in case of loss of phone.

• Have an emergency phone enabled with SOS apps, so numbers can be contacted on speed dial.

• Avoid confrontations with the police or individuals

• Avoid moving alone, but in groups

The statement was signed by Olutoyin Ayoade,
Communications Officer, IPC
 

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