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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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Foreword

I am pleased to introduce a timely publication about two things that are central to the Commonwealth’s vision of democratic society: good elections and good media. Elections are the fulcrum of democracy. They are the most obvious manifestation of the fact that citizens can have a say in how they are governed, and that they can exercise a sacred right by casting a vote. The media, meanwhile, holds up a mirror to society. It informs, it educates, it entertains. A free, lively and responsible media is a prerequisite for a functioning democracy, as much at election times as in between. Good elections and good media are not things apart: they are intertwined. Manoah Esipisu and Isaac E Khaguli have skilfully brought the two strands together, with the simple and powerful thesis that the media can and should have a major and a responsible role in bringing about the success of an election.

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