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Indeed, a democratic election with no media freedom, or stifled media freedom, would be a contradiction in terms.
Furthermore, the Electoral Management Body (EMB) has a need to communicate information to the electorate – and to a variety of other groups, including the political parties and candidates.
The media themselves have a right to report freely and to scrutinize the whole electoral process.
This scrutiny is in itself a vital safeguard against interference or corruption in the management or conduct of the electoral process.
They also reported irregularities, fraud and threats of violence to get authorities to respond.
Groups of thugs who were plotting to disrupt the vote during the first round were arrested after the media reported on it.