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Professor Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob of the School of Arts & Science has advocated a more communitarian role for journalists in Nigeria to help counter violent extremism in the country.
Professor Jacob was speaking recently in Abuja, on ‘New Perspectives in War and Peace Reporting’ at a Media Roundtable on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) organised by the Office of t...Read Full Post »
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Recently, the Governor of Borno State in Nigeria’s northeast region, Kashim Shettima said the Islamist sect Boko Haram is better armed and better motivated than the Nigerian military. The Nigerian federal government quickly dispelled the Governor’s claim and asserted that the military was on top of the situation. The following day the sect killed many more people in Borno State.
Thou...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jacob Jacob on July 6, 2011 at 8:39 PM||comments (0)|
China Central Television (CCTV) is making some bold in-roads into Africa. It has recently announced several technical vacancies in its east African operations. It is interesting that while the UK government is cutting back spending on BBC World Service, China is expand...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jacob Jacob on June 12, 2011 at 9:58 PM||comments (0)|
While the international community continues to dither over Somalia, Islamic fundamentalists have taken over control of the country’s information space and other key strategic assets. This article discusses the precarious media environment in Somalia and revisits discourses on Information Intervention, conceptualised by Jamie Metzl in 1997. It examines the nature of UN’s ‘Information Intervention’ in Somalia and argues that the international community can do more by dra...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jacob Jacob on March 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
I recently presented a paper on the new outsourcing of UN strategic communications at a forum organised by Political Communications Research Group at the ICS, University of Leeds. Somehow, discussions shifted from Somalia and the DRC where my lecture was largely drawn to the ongoing international intervention in Libya. One of my guests Professor Gary Rawnsley made a very interesting comment. He spoke about the need for the allies to deploy a strong Information component in Libya. He sa...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jacob Jacob on December 7, 2010 at 12:44 PM||comments (0)|
Phil, the finest, the best
I first read ‘Munitions of the Mind’ in 1997. I was in the final year of my undergrad in Nigeria. The book was in the Special section of the library and could not be borrowed. So I had to keep a date with it every morning 7.30am to 8.30am before attending the day’s lecture. It was like attending an interesting talk every morning. Every new chapter was intriguing. I was fascinated not just with the contents b...Read Full Post »
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I came across a very interesting photo-article on the BBC news website today on the changing face of health campaigns.
It is interesting how normative appeals have changed over the years. I agree with Dr. Laragh Gollogly of WHO that it is easier to evaluate impacts of commercial advertising than impacts of health campaigns or public information operations for that matter. How do you mea...Read Full Post »