As a general rule, the reason for the request or the status of the person making the request is irrelevant. "[A] citizen of Georgia seeking an opportunity to copy and inspect a public record need not show any special or personal interest therein." Northside Realty Ass'n Inc. v. Community Relations Comm'n, 240 Ga. 432, 434, 241 S.E.2d 189 (1978). There is "no reason to distinguish [a death row inmate's] (or any other individual citizen's) right of access from news organizations' right of access." Parker v. Lee, 259 Ga. 195, 199, 378 S.E.2d 677 (1989).
Elected officials may be subject to recall for violation of the Open Records Act. See Steele v. Honea, 261 Ga. 644, 409 S.E.2d 652 (1991) (determining that violation of Open Meetings Act is proper ground for recall).
The Act does not distinguish records on the basis of their physical form, but includes "all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, computer based or generated information, or similar material." O.C.G.A. § 50-18-70(a).
Since its enactment, Georgia's statutory privilege has been enforced by Georgia state and federal courts in vigorous fashion. It is now well settled that the privilege applies to confidential and non-confidential information and to both testimony and records obtained in the process of gathering or delivering the news. SeegenerallyIn re Paul, 270 Ga. 680, 684 (Ga.