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Eyes of Democracy

The Media and Elections

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The media plays a crucial role in ensuring that elections are conducted fairly, and are seen to be credible. Changing technologies are changing the speed and nature of reporting, but the key issue remains the same: media plays an essential part in ensuring freedom of expression and in guaranteeing democracy.



In Eyes of Democracy, two experienced media professionals offer fellow journalists an overview of the issues, testimonies from colleagues on the ground, and guidelines for good practice, along with reports from Commonwealth Observer Groups on election reporting in a select number of Commonwealth countries.

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Evolution of the Media's Role

The media has reported on social and political events for centuries, yet its ‘place at the dining table’ in terms of elections coverage, especially in developing countries, is a fairly recent development. Such reporting has expanded in line with demo - cracy and as gender and race-related barriers have diminished.

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