Burkina Faso asks int'l media to be objective during elections

23:28, October 21, 2010      

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Burkina Faso's Supreme Communication Council (CSC) is asking the international media to respect general principles of journalism including balanced reporting, pluralism and objectivity when handling information on the Nov. 21 presidential elections.

During a meeting held on Wednesday with correspondents of international media in Ouagadougou, the capital of the West African country, CSC President Beatrice Damiba expressed desire to see the best coverage of the election campaign to be launched on Oct. 31.

While affirming the important role played by the international media during election periods, Damiba said the objective of her institution is to avoid political tensions that are always raised due to biased coverage of election campaigns.

On Monday, the CSC met with local media to sensitize them on the need for proper coverage of the campaigns in order to have a peaceful vote.

Seven candidates including the outgoing president Blaise Compaore have been approved by the Constitutional Court for the presidential race.

Source: Xinhua


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