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Media: key actor in electoral processes

3 April 2012

An EU-funded two-day training workshop for media representatives on reliable, responsible and balanced media coverage of elections, launched in Yerevan on 2 April 2012, brought together top press officers and journalists to share experiences and lead discussions. The workshop was organised by the OSCE Office in Yerevan and the non-governmental organisation Europe in Law Association (ELA) as part of a €1.7 million EU funded project on strengthening electoral processes in Armenia in line with international standards.
According to Christopher Andersen of the US Embassy in Armenia, giving all the parties’ people access to the media is a key step towards free and fair elections which meet international standards. In this regard it is important to make sure that everybody has a role: political parties, the government, civil society and, critically, the media.
ELA’s legal team and experts in the media and human rights fields, who were providing the training, covered new electoral legislation, including electoral disputes, legislation and practice on defamation and insult, the right to access to information and journalistic ethics.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea interpreted the noted that “journalists must depend on their professional skills and they must commit to delivering verified and unbiased information pulled from a number of diverse sources to their public”.
Gavin Millar, a trial lawyer specialised in media law, also participated in the workshop and presented UK best practices and general European standards.

The EU has repeatedly stated that the 2012 and 2013 elections to be held in Armenia are a test for further cooperation with the EU, and the Armenian government has promised to conduct the freest and fairest elections in its history. The role of media as an objective observer and reporter of these processes focuses efforts on the overall situation, not only on the mechanism of elections.

Media: key actor in electoral processes

An EU-funded two-day training workshop for media representatives on reliable, responsible and balanced media coverage of elections, launched in Yerevan on 2 April 2012, brought together top press officers and journalists to share experiences and lead discussions. The workshop was organised by the OSCE Office in Yerevan and the non-governmental organisation Europe in Law Association (ELA) as part of a €1.7 million EU funded project on strengthening electoral processes in Armenia in line with international standards. According to Christopher Andersen of the US Embassy in Armenia, giving all the parties’ people access to the media is a key step towards free and fair elections which meet international standards. In this regard it is important to make sure that everybody has a role: political parties, the government, civil society and, critically, the media. ELA’s legal team and experts in the media and human rights fields, who were providing the training, covered new electoral legislation, including electoral disputes, legislation and practice on defamation and insult, the right to access to information and journalistic ethics. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea interpreted the noted that “journalists must depend on their professional skills and they must commit to delivering verified and unbiased information pulled from a number of diverse sources to their public”. Gavin Millar, a trial lawyer specialised in media law, also participated in the workshop and presented UK best practices and general European standards. The EU has repeatedly stated that the 2012 and 2013 elections to be held in Armenia are a test for further cooperation with the EU, and the Armenian government has promised to conduct the freest and fairest elections in its history. The role of media as an objective observer and reporter of these processes focuses efforts on the overall situation, not only on the mechanism of elections.