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OPAN Holds Media Conference In Lagos To Tackle Scourge of Fake Online News

By Adenike Lucas

The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN), Nigeria’s premier association of digital/new media publishers and entrepreneurs is holding its first media conference.

The conference, taking place at The Wheatbaker hotel in Ikoyi-Lagos has guest including, John Momoh – Founder, Channels TV and the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bolaji Abdullahi.

Last night, Daniel Elombah, publisher of the popular online newspaper confirmed to DENISAURUS News that he would also be attending the widely publicised event.

The summit titled: “New Media As Future of the Fourth Estate,” would discuss how to tackle the problem of fake news.

A press release from OPAN President, Austyn Ogannah said: “the one-day conference is an interactive platform where New Media practitioners – publishers, bloggers, PR consultants and social media influencers are scheduled to come together under one roof for the first time, to meet and greet and engage in discussions that will provide a blueprint on how to restore eroding credibility and trust to the new media, and also explore means through which OPAN can significantly boost quality of media contents in line with best practices in the industry globally.

Prince Ogannah said OPAN is “serious about tackling the myriad of complaints from the public about the reputational damages and loses that fake news and unsubstantiated reports have caused people, families, corporations and the state.

“OPAN is taking on this challenge with a determination to clean up the mess in the new media. This conference is the first amongst a series of strategies that we will deploy to achieve this goal.”


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