"Domestic law may also include provisions regulating how private broadcasters must behave during an election campaign, intended to ensure balanced coverage of parties and candidates. Occasionally, such regulations may also cover the print media. In the absence of such laws and regulations, however, there are no international standards requiring private media to adopt balanced editorial positions. For example, it could be expected that a political party newspaper would serve as a platform for that political party, and it would not be unreasonable for other private newspapers to endorse specific candidates or parties."
DocumentOSCE (ODIHR): Handbook for Domestic Election Observers, p. 90
- Privately-held media should not necessarily be held to the same standards as public media.
- Private media may be subject to some restrictions, such as equal access for all candidates and fair coverage.
- Editorial independence, including of online media, should be protected and free from political or economic interference.