Ethical Journalism Network 5-Point Test For Hate Speech

TURNING THE PAGE OF HATE: A MEDIA CAMPAIGN FOR TOLERANCE IN JOURNALISM When it comes to hate speech, journalists and editors must pause and take the time to judge the potential impact of offensive, inflammatory content. The following test, developed by the EJN and based on international standards, highlights questions in the gathering, preparation and dissemination of news and helps place what is said and who is saying it in an ethical context. STATUS OF THE SPEAKER How might their position influence their motives? Should they even be listened to…

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FG mandates schools to teach History as standalone subject from September

The Federal Government has directed all basic and secondary schools across the country to immediately implement the teaching of history as a standalone subject from the next academic calendar. Mr Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education made this known on Friday in an interview with the News Agency in Abuja. It would the recalled that the Federal Government on June 18 promised the return history to school curriculum while ensuring that all primary school teachers are trained to deliver digital literacy. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared at the…

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High Court rejects Ganduje’s new Kano emirate councils

A Kano High Court yesterday affirmed the validity of an ex parte order restraining the state government from taking further action on appointment and inauguration of four new emirate councils in the state. Justice Nasiru Saminu had earlier dismissed the oral application filed by former Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ibrahim Muktar, on behalf of government, seeking the court to vacate the ex parte order issued on May 10, 2019. It had directed Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Speaker, House of Assembly and four other defendants not to…

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Court Adjourns Ex-Niger Gov, Aliyu’s N2bn Fraud Trial to Sep 10

Justice Mikailu Abdullahi of a Niger State High Court, sitting in Minna, has adjourned the trial of a former governor of the state, Babangida Aliyu and two others for an alleged N2 billion fraud to September 10, 2019. Aliyu is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alongside his then Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, and the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Niger State Chapter, Barrister Tanko Beji, on a seven-count amended charge bordering on criminal breach of trust. The defence counsels were expected to…

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‘Prophet’ kills housewife he befriended on Facebook for money ritual

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a “prophet” of Cherubim and Seraphim, Dotun Ogunlade (aka Arole Jesu), for allegedly killing a 25-year-old housewife, Bosede Oguntade, for money rituals. Ogunlade was said to have started a friendship with Mrs Oguntade on facebook. The police said the “prophet” allegedly strangled the woman on her arrival from Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, when she sought Ogunlade’s help for her spiritual problems. Police Commissioner Shina Olukolu, who led a team of policemen to where the woman was buried, said the head and arms…

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We Will Rely on Traditional Rulers to Improve Security in Oyo State – Seyi Makinde

The Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has stated that his government would rely heavily on the traditional rulers in the state to improve the security of lives and property. The Governor, who made the pledge while speaking at an event to mark the 56th birthday of the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Alao, which was held at the Ilaji Hotels and Resort, said that he would be constantly knocking the doors of the monarchs for consultations and support to tame insecurity. Governor Makinde, who was represented at the occasion, by…

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