Portugal media angered over proposed election coverage rules

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Posted: Apr 24, 2015 8:34 AM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's leading media companies are in uproar over proposals by political parties that would require journalists to submit their election coverage plans to a central committee for approval.

The country's three main parties are working on a new law that aims to ensure fairness and impartiality in election coverage.

A draft of the law, disclosed Friday, includes a proposal for coverage plans to be presented to a committee including officials from the National Electoral Commission and the Media Regulatory Body. Failure to do so would bring a fine of up to 50,000 euros ($54,000). The Journalists' Union called the proposal "absurd."

Officials working on the draft say it is still open to discussion.

A delegation from main media organizations is due to present its objections to Portugal's president next week.