Elections and Media in Digital Times

14 January 2021

This study was translated by the UNESCO Almaty Office in 2020 and should be cited as follows: UNESCO, 2019. Elections and the media in the digital times. Focus Series: Global Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Paris.

Digital companies are enabling politicians, political parties and voters to communicate in unprecedented ways, and expanding opportunities for seeking, receiving and imparting political information and ideas. Alongside positive developments, there also growing concerns about emerging and increasing threats to the integrity and credibility of elections, as well as the media's contribution to free, fair, transparent and peaceful electoral processes.

This report highlights three converging trends in media and elections in digital times: the rise of disinformation, intensifying attacks on journalists, and disruptions linked to the use of information and communication technology in electoral arrangements. Offering possible responses to the challenges at hand, this study is a tool for governments, election practitioners, media organizations, journalists, civil society, the private sector, academia and individuals.

Volume: 69 pages

ISBN: 978-92-3-100357-8

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