"Accordingly, the Assembly calls on member States to review, where necessary, their regulatory frameworks governing media coverage of election campaigns, in order to bring them into line with Council of Europe standards, ensuring in particular that they: (...) 8.3. oblige, where this is not already the case, public and private broadcast media to cover election campaigns fairly and impartially, making sure that opposition parties benefit from balanced media coverage in current affairs and information programmes, and introduce, along with this obligation, appropriate penalties by setting up the necessary monitoring and rectification mechanisms to ensure implementation in practice."
DocumentCoE (Parliamentary Assembly): Resolution 2254(2019) on Media Freedom as a Condition for Democratic Elections, para. 8.3
- Public service media should ensure the public receive adequate and politically balanced information during election periods.
- Private media may be subject to some restrictions, such as equal access for all candidates and fair coverage.
- A system to file complaints about media should be available to all citizens.