The United States government has expressed support for training 1,000 young people and 170 radio journalists in media literacy.
A statement titled “US Supports Media Literacy Project to Build Capacity of 170 Radio Journalists, 1,000 Youth” revealed the launch of the Media Literacy Project.
The US Consulate General in Lagos has partnered with the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy and the Enugu Literacy Society to launch the project titled “Project Fact Check Nigeria”.
Speaking at the workshop’s opening ceremony in Lagos on Monday, the US Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Ibelli, noted that responsible media is necessary for a healthy democracy.
Ibelli said, “By promoting media literacy, we reinforce the principles of transparency, good governance and rule of law which are essential cornerstones of our democratic system.
Using the Young African Leaders Initiative’s existing media literacy curriculum, the project would also teach 1,000 young leaders the basics of digital fact-checking.
As part of the project, WABMA and ELS have partnered with 17 participating radio stations to produce and broadcast media literacy and counter-disinformation programs over the next 12 months.
“In the months ahead, we ask you to promote media literacy skills and educate your audience and people in your various social networks and communities to be vigilant against the threat of fake news,” Ibelli said.
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