Fejiro Oliver (Investigative Journalist & Human Rights Activist)
The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) founded in May 2010 and registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) is set to be formally inaugurated at 10am prompt on the 26th of November, 2015 at the Protea Hotel, Ikoyi.
The association was formed by some discerning online publishing professionals who felt the time had come to define standards for the fastest growing engagement online platform.
The association also seeks to open its doors to discerning online publishers and corporate entities who desire to make an impact on online publishing in Nigeria.
A statement issued weekend by its executive secretariat said OPA Nigeria is modelled after international standards with specific deliverables to meet the needs of the Nigerian market, desires to deliver, through credible research, investigative journalism and ongoing communications, an online based communication service that is founded on ethical practices with global standards.
According to the statement, it has become an absolute necessity for an association like OPA Nigeria to support publishing principles that reflect the traditional values separating editorial and commercial messages and cheap blackmail – never using advertising content as editorial, without creating editorial content for an advertiser, and always clearly labelling the source of content – thereby enhancing the credibility and public trust necessary to support a free press.
The association also seeks to promote and advance the policies of high-quality online publishers before the corporate world, the press, government, the advertising community and the general public at large.
The Association also said it is committed to helping its members fairly compete in the marketplace with high standards and will act as a voice so that online users clearly understand the benefits that quality publishers provide to the public discourse.
It said further details on the Association’s development and contact detail could be obtained through email to the Executive Secretary via [email protected]
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