"The media should have the freedom and resources at all times to fulfil their task of providing accurate and reliable reporting on matters of public interest, in particular concerning vital democratic processes and activities, such as elections, referendums and public consultations on matters of general interest."
DocumentCoE (Committee of Ministers): Recommendation Rec(2018)1 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on Media Pluralism and Transparency of Media Ownership, para. 1.4
- The state should endeavor to ensure a pluralistic media that allows its citizens to access a variety of viewpoints and media outlets.
- Government officials should not abuse their legal resources or custody over public finance to exert control over media content.
- States should take steps to ensure a free and independent media.