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    Press Release 26 August 2002 http://www.osce.org/news/generate.php3?news_id=2666&uid=2 Kosovo media to provide fair access to political entities PRISTINA, 26
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      Press Release
      26 August 2002
      http://www.osce.org/news/generate.php3?news_id=2666&uid=2

      Kosovo media to provide fair access to political entities

      PRISTINA, 26 August 2002 – Kosovo's media outlets are to provide fair
      access to all political entities running in the municipal elections to
      ensure that voters can make an informed choice on October 26.

      The Central Election Commission (CEC) has adopted the rule on media during
      the electoral campaign that is meant to provide the public with accurate
      and balanced information on those certified to run in the election. This
      includes fair and equitable news coverage as well as fair exposure through
      interviews, articles, debates and coverage of campaign activities during
      the entire election campaign.

      The rule directs Kosovo's media to give free broadcast time for political
      entities certified by the CEC and fair access and pricing for those who
      advertise in newspapers and magazines.

      In addition all media are reminded to follow the print and broadcast codes
      of conduct to ensure the right to freedom of expression, which compels them
      to ensure accuracy, fairness and impartiality in all reporting.

      Last year two media outlets were sanctioned for unfair and biased coverage,
      and one for refusing to play the spot of a political entity.

      For further information, please contact:

      Poul Smidt
      Spokesperson
      Press and Public Information Section
      OSCE Mission in Kosovo

      Belgrade street 32
      38000, Pristina
      Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
      GMT +1


      Tel.: +381 38 500 162 x 260
      +377 44 500 150 (mobile)


      Fax: +381 38 500 188


      E-mail: press@...
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