"The legislative framework for elections should ensure that all political parties and candidates have access to the media and equitable treatment in media owned or controlled by the state, so that the general public can be informed of the political platforms, views and goals of all parties and candidates in a fair and unbiased manner."
DocumentInternational IDEA: International Electoral Standards: Guidelines for Reviewing the Legal Framework of Elections, p. 62
- 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.
- Public service media should ensure the public receive adequate and politically balanced information during election periods.
- Political parties and candidates must have access to the public media on a non-discriminatory basis.
- If offered, free airtime should be distributed equally.