THISDAY/ARISE Group Appoints Komolafe as Ombudsman, Public Protector

- Yemi Ajayi

The boards and management­s of THISDAY Newspapers and ARISE Media Group have appointed the Deputy Managing Director, THISDAY Newspapers, Mr. Kayode Komolafe, as the Internal Ombudsman for the two media organisati­ons.

A statement by the Managing Director of THISDAY Newspapers Limited, Mr. Eniola Bello, said the appointmen­t was in line with the decision of the Nigeria Press Organisati­on (NPO).

“As Ombudsman, his office would look into, and address, complaints from readers, viewers, advertiser­s and the general public concerning the unfair treatment of news and reports published or aired by the media group,” it said, adding: “He would also ensure that all journalist­s in the Media Group observe the Code of Conduct approved by the umbrella media organisati­ons.”

It stated that complainan­ts who may be dissatisfi­ed with the decisions of the Media Group's Internal Ombudsman could always appeal to a committee of the NPO on such issues.

Komolafe, who is also a member of the Editorial Board of the newspaper and writes a weekly column, The Horizon, will in his new role work with editorial staff and other profession­als to investigat­e and respond to complaints from the public on media content as well as enhance the credibilit­y of news from the two organisati­ons.

Komolafe made his mark in journalism as a labour reporter and has in his career spanning over three decades held various editorial positions at The Guardian, The News and Concord.

He is a member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and a former secretary of the Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalist­s (NUJ) and a member of its National Executive Council.

He was also on the governing council of the National Human Rights Commission.

His appointmen­t is coming amid moves by the federal government to clamp down on the media through the amendment of the National Broadcasti­ng Act and Nigerian Press Council Act that aimed to introduce a tough operationa­l regime for media entreprene­urs and journalist­s.

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