NEWS18 April 2017

Esomar condemns political intimidation of researchers

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THE NETHERLANDS – Following the Ecuadoran government’s intervention at polling agency Cedatos, Esomar has issued a statement condemning all forms of political intimidation of opinion researchers. 

It urged that researchers should be able to share relevant information and trends during elections so citizens can make a free and informed decisions on their country’s future.

Finn Raben, director general at Esomar, said: “For decades, our sector through its professional standards has made good on its promise to instil public trust and confidence.

“We recognise the importance of our societal mission to measure and report views and behaviours based on scientifically gathered data and statistical evidence. Accordingly, we urge governments not to take steps that undermine that public trust and confidence.”

The Ecuadoran government forced entry and arrested staff at the polling agency Cedatos which Esomar said contravenes international law supporting the freedom to share and disseminate information, the freedom of speech, and the right to fair and free elections.