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Media Azi: Press in Elections - Lessons to Learn, Mistakes to Avoid

04 June 2018
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Media monitoring reports related to the recent elections highlight a number of irregularities admitted in the campaign coverage, such as favouring or disfavouring some candidates, lack of competitors’ equal access to broadcasters, promoting hate speech and discrimination in the media.

What should be done for such ethical and legal violations not to be perpetuated in the autumn parliamentary elections? The issue is addressed within the 79th edition of Media Azi talk-show by Nadine Gogu, director of the Independent Journalism Centre, and her guests Dorina Curnic, member of the Broadcasting Coordination Council (BCC), and Olga Manole, program coordinator at Promo-LEX Association, member of the Press Council.

One can learn from the show why fake news or denigrating information posted on some suspicious websites are taken over and broadcasted by trusted media outlets. Why the Broadcasting Coordination Council does not issue timely notifications when such cases occur and what is the impact of the late penalties applied to some TV stations? One can also find out how, as per show participants’ opinions, these typical media mistakes, recurring from campaign to campaign, could be removed.

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“Media Azi” broadcast is weekly produced by the Independent Journalism Center. It is intended to disclose the problems faced at present by the journalists of the domestic media and to identify solutions to hem. The broadcast may be viewed on the websites www.moldova-azi.md, www.media-azi.md and mediacritica.md, as well as on the Youtube channel of the Independent Journalism Center.
The broadcast was produced with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, provided by the means of the Embassy of Sweden in Chisinau.