"Political parties and candidates should be provided access to media and equal treatment in media owned or controlled by the state so that voters can be informed of political platforms, views, and goals in a fair and unbiased manner. This covers all forms of the media, including radio, television, newspapers, and evolving forms of media such as the Internet."
DocumentOSCE (ODIHR): Guidelines for Reviewing a Legal Framework for Elections, First Edition, p. 19
- The right to freedom of expression applies to all forms of media, including the internet.
- 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.