By OSA AMADI
The veracity of the above quote can best be confirmed when the freedom of the press is thought of as one of the basic requirements of free and rational society. It is against this backdrop that governments of many states have made declarations that tend to legitimise the freedom of the press.
Besides, it has been established by scholars that the press and democracy are soul-mates. Globally, this is why there has never been a nation where democratic and electoral processes came to being and nurtured outside an environment inimical to the provision of plurality of ideas and opinions which the media promote. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) has been adopted by many countries including Nigeria and enshrined in their constitutions.
It is in view of this, that May 3 of every year has been declared “World Press Freedom Day.” Therefore, towards marking this year’s Press freedom day, the Department of Journalism, School of Communication, Lagos State University is organising a one-day conference with the theme: Press Freedom, ElectoralProcess and Politics in Nigeria. Quality papers (theoretical or empirical) are expected to be presented at the conference by members of the academic community, professionals from industry, government and non-governmental organisations in the following and other related areas:
Fake news, hate speeches, and virtual journalism; Safety of journalists; Economic issues and Journalism survival in Nigeria; Legal and Constitutional context of journalism practice; Freedom of Information and journalism practice in Nigeria; Ownership influence and the challenges of professionalism; Media theories and freedom of the press in a changing society; Commercial free speech and Press freedom.
Deadline for abstract submission of papers is 28 February 2018 (between 200 and 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org) and notification of acceptance will be on 14th March 2018, while full submission of papers comes up on 20 April, 2018.
The conference date is May 3, 2018 at the School of Communication Building, beside LASU Radio, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos.