Independence of the Media
- Editorial independence was protected, and the government did not abuse resources or influence to exert control over media content
- The media was able to express criticisms of the government
- The media was not held liable for the reproduction of untrue statements made by others
- There were no restrictions on people who may practice journalism by the state, though journalists may have regulated themselves
- Restrictions on who may practice journalism are unlawful.
- The media should not be prevented from expressing criticisms of the government.
- Media should not be held liable for the reproduction of untrue statements made by others.
- Government officials should not abuse their legal resources or custody over public finance to exert control over media content.
- Editorial independence, including of online media, should be protected and free from political or economic interference.
- States should take steps to ensure a free and independent media.