"States should put in place effective systems for preventing threats and attacks against the media and others exercising their right to freedom of expression, and for investigating such attacks when they do occur, bringing those responsible to justice and compensating victims. This obligation takes on particular significance during election periods. "
DocumentInternational Mechanisms for Promoting Freedom of Expression: Joint Statement on the Media and Elections, p.1 para. 14
- Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, whether through public speeches or other means.
- The communication and circulation of ideas may not be restricted by any indirect means, such as abuse of government or private control over the media.
- The right to freedom of expression applies to all forms of media, including the internet.