After the Constitutional Court (CC) defined the scope of Article 203 of the Code of Democracy, which regulates the work of the press in campaign time, the National Electoral Council (CNE) earned a free hand right to adopt a regulation that permits application of the standard.
The CC’s extension of Article 203 comes in response to the request for clarification from the National Union of Journalists (UNP for is Spanish acronym) on the part that “the media should refrain from direct or indirect promotion which would affect for or against a specific candidate, postulate, options, electoral preferences or political thesis.”
The CC establishes that indirect promotion can occur with the actions of the public, private or communal media that inequitably encourages communication spaces to candidates in detriment of others.
Councelor Roxana Silva said yesterday that the CNE plenary will meet this week to discuss the matter.
On the so-called “citizen dialogues” that the CNE made with the media to draw together the rules of Article 203, Silva said the city will review the summary statements, explaining that those only “served as inputs, but not as arguments, since the call made by the Council did not gathered representatives of the media but college students and from other sectors. “