Analysis of the Media Coverage of the Riigikogu (May – October 2005)
This May and June, the topics related to the Riigikogu’s legislative activity that received the most media attention were e-voting, the ban on outdoor advertisements and ratification of the Estonian-Russian border treaty.
There was 2/3 less material on the activity of the Riigikogu in July and August than in the previous observation period, since the coverage of the work of committees and factions as well as of the Board of the Riigikogu decreased due to summer vacations. In September and October, election topics were predominant in the media picture. Appearances in the Riigikogu by three senior officials – the president, the auditor general and the chancellor of justice – met with fairly modest media coverage. The extracurricular activities of Riigikogu members and their trips to far-off places always meet with great interest from the media. Eesti Raadio provides the most systematic overview of the Riigikogu’s everyday activities, with its news segments and summaries.