The Election Commission (EC) has asked DD News
channel to ensure a level playing field for all political parties. The EC has
observed that DD News had given disproportionate airtime coverage to political
parties and thus did not follow the principle of maintaining neutrality and a
level playing field.
Level playing field means each party and each
candidate, irrespective of their size or popularity, is given the equal
opportunity to put their case to voters.
Opposition parties had alleged that DD News, an
official broadcaster, had given preferential treatment to the party in power
and the channel has been used to promote and advertise election campaign for
the party. The oppositions had sought EC’s intervention alleging that this was
a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
Model code of Conduct (MCC) are the guidelines
issued by the Election Commission of India for conduct of political parties and
candidates during elections.
Issue of advertisement at the cost of public
money in the newspapers and other media and the misuse of official mass media
during the election period for partisan coverage of political news and
publicity regarding achievements amounts to violation of MCC.