TELMA TV AND ALSAT-M TV BREAK THE ELECTION SILENCE – AN APPEAL TO ALL BROADCASTERS TO OBSERVE THE ELECTION SILENCE

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Skopje, 14 July 2020 – While monitoring the manner of reporting on the part of the radio and television stations during the election silence, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services found that Telma TV and Alsat-M TV had violated the same by having published audiovisual materials involving a holder of public office who was also actively participating in the campaign of a participant in the election process.

According to the Electoral Code, during the election silence, the media must not publish any information, photographs, audio or audiovisual materials related to or involving participants in the elections; any forms of media coverage that open or covertly serves someone’s campaign and may influence the decision of the voters; any data that reveals the identity of political entities and/or individuals involved in incidents or irregularities on the Election Day, or any statements by candidates in the election process, representatives of political parties or holders of public offices.

Within the legal deadlines, the Agency will submit requests to the competent court to initiate misdemeanor proceedings against these two television outlets.

Having in mind the specific period in which the election process is currently unfolding, we call on all broadcasters to perform their reporting responsibly and professionally and to observe the rules that apply to the election silence.

 

 



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