Koska raportti on melko pitkä, liitän tähän vain sen johtopäätelmät. Itse raportin voi siis kokonaisuudessaan käydä lukemassa yllämainitussa osoitteessa.
Since 10 January, the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations has monitored five TV stations. The media unit analyzed the prime time news programs assessing and producing findings on the time allocated to all potential candidates running in the 2 March presidential elections, as well as the time allocation given to the incumbent President. The tone of the coverage was also evaluated.
This is the first of reports that Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations will be issuing periodically throughout the elections. Data from the first month of monitoring by CJES reveals that there are wide differences in the amount of time and the way political subjects are portrayed. The data also shows that majority of the monitored media frequently neglects to offer Russian citizens opposing views on particular stories. Contrary to their public mandate, however, the state-funded media have so far demonstrated clear bias in favor of Mr. Medvedev. As recipients of public resources, state-funded media have an enhanced duty to ensure balanced and fair treatment of contestants. The next report will cover the official campaign period in the media with a special focus on the registered candidates.