1. The Committee on Political
Affairs and Democracy welcomes the report by the Committee on Culture, Science,
Education and Media, and is fully conscious of the need to promote
the right to freedom of information and media freedom, especially
in the context of free and fair elections, including the freedom
of voters to form an opinion. The committee agrees that the authorities
have a duty of neutrality as regards the media, which must be free
to inform the public, without being subject to any political, economic
or other pressure, and with due regard for professional ethics.
All member States must promote a free, independent and diverse media and
communication environment, which is key to addressing misinformation
and undue propaganda and ensuring the effectiveness of the right
to free elections.
3. Finally, the committee wishes to clarify the term “propaganda”
throughout the resolution, point to the need to clearly distinguish
between campaign activity and information activity of public and
private media, and promote a thorough discussion on the links between
media freedom, elections and democracy, also in the framework of
the 2019 World Forum for Democracy.