"Equality of opportunity must be guaranteed for parties and candidates alike. This entails a neutral attitude by state authorities, in particular with regard to: ii. coverage by the media, in particular by the publicly owned media."
DocumentCoE (Venice Commission): Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, I.2.3.a.ii
- Political parties and candidates must be granted, on an equal basis, the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds orally, in writing, in print, through art, or through any other form of media.
- Access to the media should be guaranteed to all political parties and candidates and be fairly distributed.
- Private media may be subject to some restrictions, such as equal access for all candidates and fair coverage.