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Media monitor

Nasik Swami
Friday, March 28, 2014

AN independent body will soon be established by the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) to monitor the media to ensure they give equal access to all political parties in the lead-up to the general election.

Confirming this, MIDA chair Ashwin Raj said the authority received complaints, not just from political parties but from government and members of the public, of some media organisations being biased.

"You know, people say that we have not been given equal amount of access so we will have an independent unit to see how much access political parties, government and the other political parties are getting," he said.

Mr Raj said giving equal access to political parties, government and other entities was a requirement for media organisations.

"So we need to ensure there is evidence-based intervention, nobody should presume that a particular media organisation is biased towards a particular political party or a particular entity.

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