Equal Media Coverage Agreement Signed
A special agreement was signed between Ministry Legal Reform,
Information and Arts and all the political parties in the Maldives yesterday. This function would take place in "Seneco Malam" of Voice of
Maldives (VOM) at 1300 hrs.
The agreement was about giving equal
rights to use the state media services to all the political parties
operating in the Maldives. Such an agreement would lead to coverage of
the activities of the political parties and cause awareness regarding
the presidential election in the public.
Speaking at the ceremony legal Reform and Information
Minister Mohamed Nasheed expressed that equality referred to in the
agreement meant that press conferences, rallies, or any other event
organized by the parties will be covered by TVM and Voice of Maldives
whether or not the parties agreed.
Minister also said the
agreement also facilitates purchase of airtime, for announcements,
campaign ads and political broadcasts. Further the agreement provides
guidelines defining how and the extent to which political news,
political activities and political interviews will be covered and aired
on state media.
As per the agreement the agreement comes in to
effect after 7 days of signing. Further all parts related to the
forthcoming presidential election shall cease to be valid once the
presidential elections are over. The rest of the agreement shall cease
to be valid when an agreement is reached to annul the agreement or when
the state media is born under a constitutional authority.