Election Obligations & Standards Database
"Public officials are subject to greater scrutiny by society. Laws that penalize offensive expressions directed at public officials…restrict freedom of expression and the right to information."
OAS: Inter-American Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression
, principle 11
Inter-American Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression
When considering claims of defamation, political figures and public officials should be subject to greater public scrutiny and criticism than other citizens.