F1 » Mosley legal bid 'imperils investigative journalism'

As former FIA President Max Mosley takes to the stand in the European Court of Human Rights today, media experts warn that victory for the Englishman in his bid to amend the UK's law on privacy could have far-reaching implications

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lst - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 2:25 PM

If journalism freedom is going to be hurt in this case, News of the World should be blamed, not Max Mosley. It was a clear breach of privacy, with high loss (for Mosley) and no gain (for the public).

Alan D - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 3:52 PM

To the people saying they hope he wins, I agree that his private life was not a matter of public interest and it was wrong of the newspapers to out him the way they did. However, he has already sued the newspaper involved and won. The case here is not about that, but about a much broader sweeping principle, and you shouldn't decide that on the basis of one high-profile case.

It is wrong for papers to publish things just because the public are interested, but papers must be allowed to publish things which are in the public interest, which is not quite the same thing. For instance, how much would we know about the MPs expenses scandal if every MP involved had the option of dragging it out through court cases for months until it had all blown over or they'd moved on to other things.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 3:56 PM

Mosley "will argue that Britain's celebrity privacy laws should be reformed by the Government so that editors are legally obliged to notify public figures of stories they intend to publish about them before they appear"

Why should public figures have more rights than people who are not in the public eye. Why should people exploit celebrity status when it suits them but then have additional legal protection just because they are a "celebrity".

p1 - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 5:08 PM

Maybe if he wins, the tabloids wont cover him and we would never hear from him again, he could feck off and leave us all alone and stop sticking his nose in things


January 11, 2011 5:09 PM

it was not the journalist who should be blamed, it is the person who set up the sting, reputed to be a major plaayer in the f1 scene. we all have our suspicions on that one. the journalist was only doing his job.

A lawyer - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 5:26 PM

Alan D: The MPs had the option of dragging their expenses scandal through the courts because, unlike Mosley, they all knew the story was coming.

They did not take action because they had no hope of winning. Their lawyers would have told them they had no chance - the story was in the public interest.

A lawyer - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 5:31 PM

Sorry, I forgot to add that everyone would have protection if Mosley succeeds, not just celebrities.

Some of the worst cases are tabloid stories about ordinary people, consenting adults who happen to have unusual sex lives. They need protection too from the papers like the News of the World.

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