The National Hajj commission of Nigeria (NAHCON ),has constituted a media guidelines steering commitee to create a framework that will be used to accredit Journalists that will cover the 2018 hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia.
The committee os expected to among other things ‘ Create a code of conduct for members of National Media Team and Hajj/Umrah Reporters. Provide Guidelines on international best practices for Hajj and Umrah reporting and any other recommendation that would improve the reporting of Hajj/Umrah
While inaugurating the commitee, NAHCON Chairman, Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed said ‘the aim of the commission is to ensure that Journalists who are covering hajj are well equipped and accredited just like the way other world events are done
‘There is no known any other event that can gather over 4 million people trying to do the same thing at the same time like Hajj,” he said.
He also said the government of Saudi Arabia has done a lot to disseminate the right Hajj information to the world.
He said Nigeria and other hajj participating counties need to complement the efforts of the Kingdom
In his reaction, The Chairman of the Committe, Mr Bayo Ayotebi who is a former Executive Secretary of Nigerian Press Council thanked the commsion for the confidence reposed on members of the commitee.
He also promised that the commitee will be guided by journalistic ethics and best practices.
Members of the commitee are drawn from media regulating bodies like Broadcast Organisaion of Nigeria, (BON), the National Press Council, Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), the Independent Hajj Reporters,as well as the representatives of states Muslim pilgrims welfare boards.