SECTION 3: THE MEDIA 

 

THE PARTIES, COALITIONS AND THEIR CANDIDATES AGREE TO:

 

  1. Respect the right of the media to fairly present balanced reports and information before, during and after an election.

  2. Respect the right of all Parties and Candidates to equity in access to the media.

  3. Permit access by members of the media to public political meetings, marches, demonstrations and rallies of which they have control.

  4. Take all reasonable steps to ensure that journalists are not subjected to harassment, intimidation, hazard, threat or physical assault by any of their representatives or supporters.

  5. Refrain from using State advertising to induce media houses to support or degrade a particular Party.

  6. Ensure that their parties participate in not less than two ‘live’ televised and radio public debates organized by a Debates Commission or a Debates Committee of a recognized organization with no political affiliation or an entity that is actively engaged in the democratic process, agreed to by the Council as stated in Section 5; at least one of which must a be Leaders Debate.

  7. Be allowed equity of access to State owned media.