Volume: Volume 2(2) - 1998
Article type: Refereed article
Author/s: De Vos, Pierre
The most expensive item in any political party's election budget is access to the media, in particular the electronic media. This may lead to influence-peddling by monied interests.
Pierre de Vos argues that the state should indirectly fund political parties by providing free access to state-controlled media. To enhance multi-party democracy, the distrubution of free air time should also take place on an equitable and proportional basis.