Nour Radio The Electoral Supervision Authority (MPC) reported the media under the law and explained the concept of electoral propaganda



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The Electoral Audit Council issued a statement on the commitment of candidates, political forces, parties and media to the obligations stipulated in the electoral law, which stated:

"With the approach of the sub-district of parliamentary elections in Tripoli is scheduled for 14/4/2019, and to maintain the flexibility and moderation of the political discourse that should accompany these elections, the Electoral Supervisory Authority draws the attention of all involved in the electoral issue of candidates or political parties.For all media, audio and video and read for the need to fulfill the following obligations stipulated by law:

1. All media must respect the freedom of expression of various opinions and intellectual currents in audiovisual media programs during the campaign period, including ensuring fairness, balance and neutrality in the treatment of candidates.

2. The first paragraph above shall apply to all electoral information programs and political and public news programs, including newsletters, political discussion programs, interviews, interviews, meetings, dialogues, round tables and direct transport of election festivals.

3. Audiovisual media may not declare the support and promotion of any candidate subject to the principle of independence.

4. The media reported during the campaign period should clearly distinguish between facts and facts, on the one hand, and opinions and comments, on the other, on various newsletters, articles and analyzes.

5. During the campaign period, audiovisual media and candidates must meet the following requirements:
– Refrain from defaming, insulting or insulting and insulting any of the candidates.
– Refrain from transmitting or disseminating anything that incites sectarian, sectarian or ethnic hatred, or incitement to commit acts of violence, riots or support for terrorism, crime or subversive acts.
– Refrain from transmitting or publishing anything that constitutes a means of pressure or intimidation or intimidation or takfir or beckon to temptations or promises of material or moral gain.
– Avoid distortion, blocking, falsification, deletion or misrepresentation of information.

In order to implement this, the media must stop broadcasting programs, meetings or appearances in the media that include such offenses under the responsibility of the Penal Code in order to intervene in the crime committed.

6. The Commission shall ensure a balance between the media during the election campaign period between competing candidates and, in the case of a candidate, the media will ensure that the candidate has similar conditions in terms of time, duration and type of programs.

In addition, the Commission has published an explanation of the concept of electoral propaganda and its impact on candidates' election spending.

Article 68 of the Electoral Law distinguishes, on the one hand, the electoral media and electoral propaganda and publicity, while article 7, paragraph 7 of this law allows the Commission to verify at any moment if any program, meeting or appearance of the media hidden. Media ads from the Star media or propaganda hidden under the distinction between the media and the announcement of the election and take legal action to put an end to this matter.

2 – This measure applies to all media and advertising, whether those who have signed up to participate in advertising and electoral propaganda or did not participate.

3. Election expenses shall be considered as all expenses paid by the candidate, including election advertising expenses, research expenses and any expenses paid by the election campaign to any radio, television, newspaper, magazine or any other means of publication, including the electronics. 58 of the Electoral Code.

4. The nominating party or its legal agent and the media shall be responsible for declaring the expenses resulting from advertising and election propaganda.

5. The Commission noted that most of the media and the electoral announcement of the candidates were limited to appearances in the media through interviews in which they appeared in various media, audiovisual media in special programs or political newsletters, including newsletters, political discussion, interviews, interviews, without resorting to advertising or explicit or direct campaigns.

6. If the law considers media coverage of these activities to be free, its broad use, as described above, is not innocent, so that any means of communication will deliberately cover election activities in one direction without achieving the required minimum balance between candidates and political parties based on Article 71, paragraph 5, of the Electoral Law.

Since the media and the media can not accept free advertising, TRA, in accordance with the special powers granted to it, derived from the spirit of the law, can not regard such election activities as absolutely free, and most of them include undercover publicity or election propaganda .

Therefore, we expect all those involved in electoral matters to report to the electoral oversight body on any activity or appearance in the media of the candidates, the political parties to which they belong as mentioned, which should be considered as electoral contributions to the beneficiary group according to the assets and their inclusion within the electoral expenses and the resulting estimated expenses Even if these activities are ostensibly made without a substitute.

Noting that it is due to the Commission during the study of accounting data, to monitor the extent of compliance and adherence to the above provisions and to determine what is required.

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