Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, A/HRC/26/30, 2 July 2014
5. Common concerns relating to the realization of the right to freedom of opinion and expression studied by the Special Rapporteur in his recent reports are all relevant to the regulation of communications during electoral processes; the responsibility of States to “prohibit” incitement of hatred, hostility, discrimination and violence, for example, is particularly relevant in electoral periods. Unfortunately, one can observe today in all regions of the world, especially during political and economic crises, candidates making use while campaigning of a language of hatred and hostility, targeting, inter alia, women, racial, linguistic or religious minorities, homosexuals and foreign migrant workers. The protection of journalists from violence is central to ensuring that the press exercises its crucial role of informing the public about candidates, their platforms and the ongoing debates. Unfortunately, attacks against the press often increase during electoral periods.
Link to full text of the report: Report-SRFoE-2014-eng