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Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia: access to public documents must be ‘instrumental’ for the right to freedom of expression.

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In the case of Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in its judgment of 30 January 2020 has confirmed that the right to freedom of expression and information as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) can only be invoked in order to obtain access to public documents when a set of conditions are fulfilled. It is one of the cases following the judgment of the Grand Chamber in Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v. Hungary to test the scope and limits of the right of access to information and the applicability of Article 10 ECHR. The most important consequence of the judgment in Studio Monitori and Others is that NGOs, journalists or other public watchdogs requesting access to public documents have to motivate and clarify in their request that access to the documents they are applying for is instrumental, and even necessary, for their journalistic reporting and that the requested documents contain information of public interest.
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Freedom of expression, access to public documents, NGO, journalist, public interest-test

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Voorhoof, Dirk, and Ronan O Fathaigh. “Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia: Access to Public Documents Must Be ‘instrumental’ for the Right to Freedom of Expression.” Strasbourg Observers, no. 23 March, Human Rights Centre UGent, 2020.
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Voorhoof, D., & O Fathaigh, R. (2020). Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia: access to public documents must be “instrumental” for the right to freedom of expression. Strasbourg Observers. Gent: Human Rights Centre UGent.
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Voorhoof, Dirk, and Ronan O Fathaigh. 2020. “Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia: Access to Public Documents Must Be ‘instrumental’ for the Right to Freedom of Expression.” Strasbourg Observers. Gent: Human Rights Centre UGent.
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Voorhoof, Dirk, and Ronan O Fathaigh. 2020. “Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia: Access to Public Documents Must Be ‘instrumental’ for the Right to Freedom of Expression.” Strasbourg Observers. Gent: Human Rights Centre UGent.
Vancouver
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Voorhoof D, O Fathaigh R. Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia: access to public documents must be “instrumental” for the right to freedom of expression. Strasbourg Observers. Gent: Human Rights Centre UGent; 2020.
IEEE
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D. Voorhoof and R. O Fathaigh, “Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia: access to public documents must be ‘instrumental’ for the right to freedom of expression.,” Strasbourg Observers, no. 23 March. Human Rights Centre UGent, Gent, 2020.
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  abstract     = {In the case of Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in its judgment of 30 January 2020 has confirmed that the right to freedom of expression and information as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) can only be invoked in order to obtain access to public documents when a set of conditions are fulfilled. It is one of the cases following the judgment of the Grand Chamber in Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v. Hungary to test the scope and limits of the right of access to information and the applicability of Article 10 ECHR. The most important consequence of the judgment in Studio Monitori and Others is that NGOs, journalists or other public watchdogs requesting access to public documents have to motivate and clarify in their request that access to the documents they are applying for is instrumental, and even necessary, for their journalistic reporting and that the requested documents contain information of public interest.},
  author       = {Voorhoof, Dirk and O Fathaigh, Ronan},
  keywords     = {Freedom of expression,access to public documents,NGO,journalist,public interest-test},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {23 March},
  pages        = {5},
  publisher    = {Human Rights Centre UGent},
  series       = {Strasbourg Observers},
  title        = {Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia: access to public documents must be ‘instrumental’ for the right to freedom of expression.},
  url          = {https://strasbourgobservers.com/2020/03/23/studio-monitori-and-others-v-georgia-access-to-public-documents-must-be-instrumental-for-the-right-to-freedom-of-expression/#more-4551},
  year         = {2020},
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