Publishers of online media now have an association to sanitise journalism practice in the sector
| By Chinwe Okafor | Oct. 21, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT
ONLINE publishers in the country have formed an association to help sanitise online publishing industry in Nigeria. The Nigerian Online Publishers Association, NOPA, already registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, held an inaugural meeting in Lagos, on October, 8. The meeting had in attendance online publishers from various parts of the country including Maureen Chigbo, publisher, Realnews magazine and former general editor of Newswatch; Malachy Agbo, publisher of The Citizen, formerly with THISDAY; Musikilu Mojeed, co-publisher, Premium Times and former investigative editor of NEXT; Gabriel Akinadewo, publisher of Freedom online and former editor of Nigerian Compass; Isaac Umunna, publisher, News Express and former general editor of Africa Today.
Also in attendance were Justus Nwakanma, publisher, Daily Review Online and the immediate past editor of Daily Champion; Segun Adeleye, publisher of WorldStage news online and former business editor of The Nation and Nigerian Compass; Femi Kehinde, co-publisher, African Examiner and ex-editor at Green News; Chijama Ogbu, publisher of The Rainbow and ex-business editor of The Punch; and Dotun Oladipo, publisher of The Eagle Online and former Sunday editor of Nigerian Compass.
At the inaugural meeting, Malachy Agbo was elected as the national chairman of the association, while Musikilu Mojeed, was elected the national vice chairman. Dotun Oladipo got the post of the national secretary, while Maureen Chigbo got the position of the national financial secretary.
Agbo, said that the birth of the association was borne out of the growing need to ensure that online publishers uphold the tenets of journalism in doing their jobs.