GA 6: Legal

-Reviewing the role of mass and social media in regard to the manipulation of the election process and politics

The media is essential to democracy and democratic elections. For a fair and democratic election to take place, voters should be able to engage in public debate and have information about parties, policies, candidates and the electoral process, which is almost always provided by the media. In order to properly fulfill its role, the media needs to remain professional, impartial and accurate. However, the media has been the subject of electoral manipulations, aiming to affect the electoral results in several countries over the years. These manipulations can be performed by political parties, politicians or governments of other countries aiming to interfere with another country’s political condition. Even a few entities of political manipulation placed in crucial parts of social media can cause voters to change their decisions, potentially leading them to vote against their own social and economic interest.