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08/10/2019
ECHR: Refusing journalist access to a reception centre for asylum-seekers was in breach of ECHR

ECLI
ECLI:CE:ECHR:2019:1008JUD001542816
Input Provided By
EUAA IDS
Source
HUDOC ECHR
Other Source/Information:
ECHR Press Release
Referral to the CJEU
No
Original Documents
Type
Judgment
Relevant Legislative Provisions
European Convention on Human Rights;
Reference
Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights [ECtHR], Szurovecz v Hungary, Application no. 15428/16, ECLI:CE:ECHR:2019:1008JUD001542816 , 08 October 2019. Link redirects to the English summary in the EUAA Case Law Database.
Permanent link to the case
https://caselaw.euaa.europa.eu/pages/viewcaselaw.aspx?CaseLawID=834
Case history
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Abstract

According to the Court's Press Release,

in the case of Szurovecz v. Hungary (application no. 15428/16) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The case concerned media access to reception facilities for asylum-seekers. The applicant in the case, a journalist for an Internet news portal, complained about the authorities’ refusal of his request to carry out interviews and take photographs at the Debrecen Reception Centre, thus preventing him from reporting on the living conditions there.

The Court stressed that research work was an essential part of press freedom and had to be protected. It was not convinced that restricting the applicant’s ability to carry out such research work, which had prevented him from reporting first-hand on a matter of considerable public interest, namely the refugee crisis in Hungary, had been sufficiently justified. In particular, the authorities had only given summary reasons, namely possible problems for the safety and private lives of asylum-seekers, for their refusal, without any real weighing up of the interests at stake.
 

Country of Decision
Council of Europe
Court Name
CoE: European Court of Human Rights [ECtHR]
Case Number
Application no. 15428/16
Date of Decision
08/10/2019
Country of Origin
Keywords
Reception/Accommodation