The Role of Media in Elections: A Cornerstone of Democracy


6 May 2013

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A free and independent press is a cornerstone of democracy, as it helps promote political debate and keeps government accountable to an informed citizenry. A free press is also crucial for credible elections, as it fosters the free exchange of ideas and provides information on the electoral process. This includes political parties, candidates and their platforms.

As World Press Freedom Day was celebrated around the world, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted in a panel on the role of media in elections.

Among the topics that were addressed are: international assistance in the training of local journalists on election coverage; the importance of media centers during elections; how a free press strengthens civil society; and the role of social media in disseminating information or serving as a listening tool.

Featured speakers:

Josh Machleder, Vice President for Europe and Eurasia, Internews. Download Machleder's presentation.

Cynthia H. Sadler, Director of Development, Institute for War & Peace Reporting

Babar Taimoor, Program Manager, International Center for Journalists. See #ICFJPakistan on Twitter to follow Taimoor's presentation.

Moderated by Michael Svetlik, IFES Vice President of Programs.