With recent debates on the need to regulate online activities and apprise media practitioners on the provisions of the Cybercrime Act 2015, the National Cyber Security Awareness Movement (NASCAM) is billed to hold a workshop for Nigerian journalist to drive home the Cyber Security awareness campaign.
NASCAM, a not-for-profit organization, says the workshop, a Master Class Programme, will not only bring into perspective the security implications, but also the legal implications of online crimes as stipulated in the 2015 Cybercrime Act.
According to the Executive Director, NASCAM, Mr. Aaron Ukodie, who said the programme is meant to empower media practitioners with requisite capacities for maintaining legal decorum online further disclosed that: “this workshop has become necessary following the fact that numerous media practitioners are not aware of the provisions of the law, regarding their practice such that many have recently fallen foul of the law.”
He further noted that knowledge of the provisions of the 2015 Act is lacking in both the public and private office holders.
The workshop, which has its theme as “The Nigerian Cybercrime Law: What Journalists Need to Know”, will further expose media practitioners on the provisions of both the Cyber Law. The NASCAM Executive Director said that the Master Class has been designed to raise awareness among the journalists and media officers in the public and private institutions. He said that the programme will increase the awareness about their vulnerabilities while working online or using digital devices; and provide them with resources to plan their own security protocols for dealing with complex threats.
Mr. Ukodie, while acknowledging that the evolving cyber threat requires legislation that defines offences and establishes structures for reporting and investigating cybercrime, emphasized on the need to build capacities for media practitioners in order to create a robust environment for the stakeholders in the media industry. “It is also imperative that within the constantly evolving cyber landscape, knowledgeable and responsible public information are needed more than ever to frame ethical debates around new digital trends and complex security issues.”
He underscores the programme, stating that “The Master class will deepen the understanding of these challenges and also increase knowledge, accuracy and accountability with regards to reporting on cyber threats and foster dialogue and exchange lessons between the sectors in this area.”
In a statement signed by NASCAM’s Director of Communications & Mobilisation, Mr. Olubayo Abiodun, the workshop which has been scheduled to hold on Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Sheraton Hotels Ikeja, Lagos is being hosted in close collaborations with the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Association of Online Journalists (AOJ), the Nigerian Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) media and public relations officers in the private and public sector, lawyers and members of the National Assembly. He further stated that the Faculties would be drawn from the key institutions including the judiciary, parliament, academia, media, public and private service institutions.