Complaint to the National Audiovisual Council of Romania

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency (AW-AMP), an organisation which defends the right of freedom of expression and the right to information is developing monitoring activities to identify and report possible irregularities in the process of media coverage of the political campaign for the election of local public authorities in 2012.

We would like to bring to your attention that OTV Channel violates the principles and rules of media coverage concerning political campaigns in the sense of issuing political messages on election day.

Thus, in a special edition dedicated to the voting in progress, the OTV Channel launched an opinion poll in the early hours of the morning to which viewers were invited to answer the question "Will the 'boyar' mayors be cast away from your town today at 9 p.m.?"

In addition to that, the hosts and the guests in the OTV studio are constantly using the expression "the party 'suspension points'" to promote mobilizing messages to the voters for the purpose of changing the current political configuration.

Full article in Romanian - here

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