Election Obligations & Standards Database
"The obligation of political figures, including candidates, to tolerate a greater degree of criticism than ordinary persons should be clearly reaffirmed during elections. "
International Mechanisms for Promoting Freedom of Expression: Joint Statement on the Media and Elections
, p.2 para. 16
Joint Statement on the Media and Elections
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, whether through public speeches or other means.
When considering claims of defamation, political figures and public officials should be subject to greater public scrutiny and criticism than other citizens.