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LightRay! Media 2023 Report on Safety for Journalists and Comms Practitioners

Following LightRay! Media’s training of journalists in Abuja in September 2023 across media organisations in Nigeria, the safety of media practitioners is not only a matter of human rights issues, but also a cornerstone of democracy and societal progress.

This report explores the challenges faced by media practitioners in Nigeria and the imperative need to mitigate and address them, drawing on accessible data to highlight the gravity of the situation.

By admin , in Ignite iThink! , at December 10, 2023

Nigerians Alarmed as Loan App Intimidation Tactics Escalate Ahead of Festive Season

Threat to life is a criminal offense provided for in Section 56 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. It states that a person who threatens to carry out the violence of attacking another person is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be jailed for one year.

While the criminal defamation under the Nigeria law clearly states that a defamation matter is defined in section 373 of the criminal code as a matter likely to injure the reputation of any person by exposing the person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or likely to damage any person in his or her profession or trade by injury to his reputation.

Despite these clearly defined laws, Nigerians across the 6 geopolitical zones are not spared the extreme tactics used by loan app operators on clients considered to have defaulted in their loan repayment.

However, loan app operators can not claim ignorance in their approach, resorting to high-handedness as the solution to loan recovery when they break the law to do so. Ignorance of the law does not afford any excuse for any act or omission which would otherwise constitute an offence, unless knowledge of the law by the offender is expressly declared to be an element of the offence.

As the yuletide season gear up and the end-of-year fever heightens with the drop in conscientious consumerism, LightRay Media carried out a survey to feel the pulse of Nigerians regarding the upsurge of extreme tactics by loan app managers and operator’s and their disregard for the rule of law.

By admin , in Ignite Inside stories iThink! , at December 5, 2023

When your headline victim-shames, change your gender narrative and use of language

As the 16 Days of Activism continues to set the tone on gender mainstreaming, at LightRay Media, we believe the language used in the media either empowers or disempowers. It can also inspire a call to action or normalise the status quo of no action. It can challenge and speak truth to power or become a lap dog instead of a watchdog.

As media organisations, your biases are revealed in the headlines of your stories, narrative spin, gender voices or lack of it, the tone, manner and language we deploy. 2023 is the year that holds the media to become more accountable in its reportage going forward. The media, creates the kind of society it creates and foster. Just a kobo for your thought.

By admin , in Ignite Inside stories iThink! Super Conscious Woman Series , at December 2, 2023

Journalism as a business or social activism? A perspective on CJID’s Annual Media Conference

The appointment of media practitioners at the prime of their career as media aides and the issue of compromise, concerns on the rise of media distortion by the media, narrative reporting on maternal and health issues, the digital evolution and more became hot topics for introspection.

A media and communications expert, Shakirudeen Bankole, shares deep insights, perspectives and takeaways from the conference.

By admin , in Ignite iThink! , at November 30, 2023

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