Media and Election Coverage

Iraqi elections 2010

Quality and professionalism of media reporting is a key element during election periods in conflict and post-conflict situation and countries in transition. Free and fair elections are essential for democracy consolidation and conflict prevention.

To promote fair, safe and professional media election coverage, UNESCO supports advocacy to encourage full, fair and efficient disclosure of information to journalists covering the elections; training to enhance professional election reporting; training on the safety of journalists and their right to work without threat; and the production and distribution of election guidelines reflecting principles of professional reporting during elections, journalists' rights, election processes and safety information, as well as briefing notes on international human rights law with emphasis on freedom of expression.

UNESCO's activities in support of media in electoral context

Publications related to elections coverage

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