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FOIA Training Workshop for Journalists in Northern Nigeria

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A training workshop for investigative journalists and the press on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011 was organised from May 20 to 22, 2012, at the Asaa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna. The training organised by the Right to Information Initiative (R2K), Nigeria, the Forum of African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), was supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). In attendance at the program were editors and reporters from radio, television, and print media organisations from the 19 northern states of Nigeria. The participants were drawn from both private and public media institutions.

The main objectives of the training were to familiarise journalists with the essential elements of the FOI Act and how they can use the Act to conduct investigative reporting in Nigeria. The workshop was also meant to demonstrate the importance of the FOI Act to general media reportage.

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