"The level playing field metaphor is used to describe a process that protects equal treatment and fair opportunity. It is evaluated by considering, among other issues: (1) the degree to which competitors are afforded equitable access to…media access and news coverage."
DocumentNDI: How Domestic Organizations Monitor Elections: An A to Z Guide, p. 56
- The formula for the distribution of state support to to candidates and political parties should be objective, fair, and reasonable.
- Political parties and candidates must have access to the public media on a non-discriminatory basis.
- News coverage of incumbents in public media during electoral campaigns is permitted, but should not be abused, constituting additional free airtime or print coverage.