YPC Weekly Newsletter

2013


INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS STATED A SELECTIVE APPROACH AND LIMITED CRITICAL VIEWS IN BROADCAST COVERAGE OF POST-ELECTION SITUATION IN ARMENIA

On March 2, the International Election Observation Mission (OSCE/ODIHR, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament) released the Post-Election Interim Report of Presidential Elections in Armenia. As we have reported, the preliminary findings on the February 18, 2013 presidential elections were published on February 19 (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, February 15-21, 2013).

The interim report covered the period of February 19-26, 2013 and reflected upon the post-voting day situation, including the announcement of the official elections results, investigation by the law enforcement bodies upon complaints and appeals on electoral frauds, made on the ballot day.

As regards the Armenian media during the post-election period, the IEOM highlighted that “some broadcast media (…) showed a selective approach in their coverage of political events, with a noticeable tendency to limit views critical of the conduct of the election”. The report also stressed that online media offered diverse views.

The full IEOM interim report is available in Armenian and English at http://www.osce.org/odihr/98648.