ICPC To Partner Online Media In Anti-corruption Campaign

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Tuesday pledged to partner with online media publishers to strengthen anti-corruption campaign in the country.
Mr Ekpo Nta, Chairman of ICPC stated this in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the commission by a delegation from the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GCOP).
He said the partnership would entail signing of an MoU with the guild to ensure that members were trained to enhance effective investigative reports on corruption.
“A look at some publications on corruption clearly show that reporters of such news lack basic understanding of corruption and the mandate of different agencies in the fight against corruption.
“We will work out modalities to have an MoU with your association to establish working relationship that will entail discussions on ways to fight corruption in the country in 2015,” he said.
Nta said the role of online media in information dissemination was enormous adding that the coming together of the publishers would address frivolous publications online.
He lamented reports on corruption by some section of online media and called on the publishers to ensure proper training for anti-corruption journalists.
Earlier, Mr Salami Samiu, the leader of the delegation said the guild was established a year ago to regulate the activities of online media publishers.
He said the establishment followed findings that some online media had over the years been by individuals who had no knowledge of journalism to achieve their selfish gains.
Samiu said the visit was to formally introduce the guild to the commission as well to canvass for partnership in business to sustain the organisations.

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