Media Responsibilities in Municipal Elections
Given the crucial role media plays in upholding democratic life, this study sheds light on its important contributions in preserving democratic practices, such as holding elections, and in providing journalists with general guidelines about their role during local elections. This study will also take into consideration the lessons learned from the 2016 Municipal Elections’ media coverage, which was marred by mistakes, to avoid replicating them.
This study is divided into two parts. The first part highlights the professional and legal principles that shall be followed during election reporting by referring to past elections’ media coverage studies. The second part details the results of a survey conducted among a group of journalists to draw from their own experiences and review their needs to provide the best possible reporting during the upcoming elections.
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