Ireland: Abortion: Broadcasters have ‘no obligation’ to give equal air time

Abortion: Broadcasters have ‘no obligation’ to give equal air time
Regulator advises against ‘mechanistic’ coverage of referendums ahead of abortion vote

March 13, 2018
Fiach Kelly

Broadcasters do not have to adhere to a strict 50:50 split in airtime between both sides in a referendum debate, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has said.

The BAI, which regulates the coverage of referendum and election campaigns across broadcast media, says radio and television stations often wrongly feel they have to evenly divide time between both sides of a debate.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-broadcasters-have-no-obligation-to-give-equal-air-time-1.3425366

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U.S.: How Cable News Keeps Getting It Wrong About Abortion and Reproductive Rights

How Cable News Keeps Getting It Wrong About Abortion and Reproductive Rights

Evening cable news can’t seem to talk about abortion without relying on men and anti-choice myths.

By Sharon Kann / Media Matters
April 18, 2017

A 12-month-long Media Matters study of evening cable news programs found that discussions of abortion, reproductive rights, and reproductive health were heavily dependent on male speakers and anti-choice misinformation. In particular, Media Matters found that men were participants in 60 percent of conversations about abortion and reproductive rights, and that 64 percent of statements about abortion that aired during this time period were inaccurate.

Media Matters analyzed evening cable news programs on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC from March 7, 2016, through March 1, 2017, for segments featuring a substantial discussion of abortion or reproductive rights. The resulting 354 segments were then coded for the mention of one or more of six general topics of conversation: the election, legal issues, religion, anti-choice violence, economic and logistical barriers to abortion access, and state-based legislation. Segments were also coded for the number of accurate or inaccurate statements each speaker made about three topics: the discredited anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress (CMP), Planned Parenthood’s essential services, and late-term abortion.

Continued at source: Alternet.org: http://www.alternet.org/media/how-cable-news-keeps-getting-it-wrong-about-abortion

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