Is Nigeria moving toward a political Spring? On the national congress of the Dutch Labour Party
this weekend I will speak about recent developments in Africa's most populous country. A nationwide protest movement arose after the government removed the subsidy on fuel on January 1, causing prices to almost triple from one day to the next. The protests are about much more than the price for a litre at the filling station though. Political movements in other countries will also be discussed in the debate at the congress. Member of Parliament Jacques Monasch
will talk of Russia and representative of the Dutch NGO HIVOS Marcel van der Heijden
of Syria. What are the differences and similarities between those popular movements and what could we learn from them?
Sunday 22 January, 13.15, Brabanthallen, Den Bosch, in the foyer
I had felt the lecture coming on for a couple of weeks now, after following with growing amazement the misinformation online on current affairs in Nigeria. In times like these (talking about Naija in particular) responsible (civic) journalism is a must. Pouring oil into the fire is too easy. That is why I put on my academic hat - coming from a family of teachers, I couldn't help it - for a class of civic journalism on my Twitter account @femkevanzeijl
. It can still be found under #civicjournalism
, but as tweets expire quicker than an opened carton of milk, I put it on this blog too. Called the impromptu lecture 'How to Recognize a Trustworthy Source' - or rather: 'How to Recognize the Ones That Are Not'. It is simple, really.
Just follow these 10 rules:(more)