IPI World Congress 2018 has ended

The International Press Institute (IPI) held its 2018 annual World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria from 21-23 June 2018. Under the theme “Why Good Journalism Matters”, the World Congress affirmed the indispensable role of quality media in building strong societies, showcasing investigative stories and projects that bring positive change to individuals and communities in Africa and around the world.

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Lanre Arogundade

International Press Centre (IPC)
Lanre Arogundade, a media development specialist, is the Director of International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria.

IPC builds media capacities to strengthen democracy and development while it promotes freedom of expression, press freedom, access to information, and safety of journalists, media independence and media professionalism.

He is also Editor-In-Chief of the Nigerian Democratic Report , IPC’s online news portal and media resource. He was Assistant Editor/member of Editorial board, Vanguard Newspapers; Stringer, Voice of America; and Reporter, Panos Radio.

He has edited such media resource books as Public Procurement Reporting Guide, Budget & Corruption Reporting – A media audit; Guidelines and Resources on Investigative Journalism; We Speak for Us – A New Experience in Advocacy Work; The Ethics Handbook; Guidelines on Conflict and Election Reporting; Freedom of Information and Civil Society and Union Rights of Female Journalists

In May 2018, Lanre Arogundade was recently conferred with the defender of press freedom award by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). He was co-recipient of the maiden press freedom award of the West African Journalists Association (WAJA) in 1997.

He was leader of Lagos branch of NUJ from 1995 to 1999 during which he led campaigns and protests against military serial violation of press freedom and journalists’ rights as a consequence of which he was arrested and detained for one month in a police cell in Ibadan on framed murder charge before a law court discharged and acquitted him. In the area of knowledge, the Lagos NUJ that time published the authoritative ‘Journalism in Nigeria – Issues and Perspectives’.

He is also a member of Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Global Forum for Media Development and Freedom of Information Coalition.