Ensure fair coverage of local elections


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Abidjan, Sep 27 (AIP)
– Raphaël Lakpé, President of the National Press Authority (ANP), a regulatory
authority for online and print media in Côte d’Ivoire, has asked the Ivorian
News Agency (AIP) and the daily Fraternité Matin to ensure fair coverage of the
October 13 regional and municipal elections.

“It’s true that
it’s not about presidential elections, but you have to be fair in the covera

Abidjan, Sep 27 (AIP)
– Raphaël Lakpé, President of the National Press Authority (ANP), a regulatory
authority for online and print media in Côte d’Ivoire, has asked the Ivorian
News Agency (AIP) and the daily Fraternité Matin to ensure fair coverage of the
October 13 regional and municipal elections.

“It’s true that
it’s not about presidential elections, but you have to be fair in the coverage
of the election campaign.

Fairness is not
equality, but we count on the professionalism of your journalists” he
added.

The ANP President
reminded the public service media of their obligation to be “balanced in
their reports” and to see to it that they provided equal access to all the
candidates.

It was also important
that the law against election advertising in the public service media was
respected.

He announced ANP’s
coverage plan for the elections.

The heads of the two
state-owned media – Traoré Mamadou, Editor-in-Chief the AIP, and Amédé Assi,
Editorial Head of Fraternité Matin Group, pledged to remain professional in the
elections coverage.

The election campaign
opens, tomorrow, Friday at midnight.

AIP/GNA


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