Final Report on Media Monitoring During the Election Campaign: Fake News Have not Disappeared from the Media Landscape, while ‘Many Bad Things’ Still Happen Online

Media-Azi, 15 March 2019 18:00

There were fake news during the February 2019 election campaign as well, however less than in other election campaigns. What remained unchanged though, was favoring or disfavoring some political actors by certain media. In addition, the sanctions applied by the Broadcasting Council (BC) were insignificant and disproportionate to the deviations from the broadcasting law on the part of the broadcasters.

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