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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on media freedom as a condition for democratic elections

Ivan Jakovčić, Jozo Radoš

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on media freedom as a condition for democratic elections  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the electorate cannot have freedom of choice if that choice is not a well-informed one, and whereas the right to freedom of information and media freedom are essential preconditions of free elections;

B.  whereas the media must be free to inform the public, without being subject to any political, economic or other pressure, and with due regard for professional ethics;

C.  whereas autocratic regimes and interest groups use media to manipulate public opinion with fake news and conduct coordinated disinformation campaigns to attack candidates in the opposing camp, activists and journalists;

1.  Urges the Member States to implement effective strategies to protect the electoral process from the threat of information manipulation and undue propaganda through social and other media;  

2.  Calls on the Member States to review their regulatory frameworks governing media coverage of election campaigns;

3.  Asks the Member States to impose, where this has not already been done, an obligation on public and private broadcast media to cover election campaigns fairly and impartially;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.

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