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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hello moto - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 6:30 PM

I agree with Mosley. I'd be angry if people pried into my sexual affairs and then published them for profit b/c they knew it would be a source of entertainment for the public. That's school yard bully tactics. Perhaps it's just karma, but many others have been negatively affected unjustly.

I don't know what the tabloids are worried about. Plenty of wannabes will "accidentally" leak sex tapes and scandals for years to come.


January 11, 2011 6:49 PM

MrM is a public figure so he should expect to have tabloids sniffing around his life.

Forgetting his FIA shenanigans, he had kept his little hobby secret from his wife and family. For that alone, he deserved to have his name dragged through the mud.

Go away Mosley and dry up. You were caught out - deal with it!!

Alan D - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 8:00 PM

Andrew: "Go away Mosley and dry up. You were caught out - deal with it!!"

I think once Max realised peopel were not really that shocked in this day and age, and he wasn't going to be hung, drawm and quartered, that he has been revelling in the attention, and there is nothing he would like more than to get a new law named after him.

If you or I felt a law was unjust we would go to our MP and campaign for a revision to be introduced as a parliamentary bill. It would undergo proper scrutiny in both houses, be debated, teams of lawyers would look at it, and the British public's elected representatives would make an informed decision about whether or not to make it law. Max just goes straight to the EU and asks them to impose his will on the UK whether we like it or not. Ever the great dictator.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 8:07 PM

A Lawyer, you may be right in what you say. I just listened to the recording of the BBC programs where Mosley spoke on this, and the Beeb interviewer brought up the same example as I had, re politicians expenses, and your answer sounded like a transcript of Mr Mosley's response. But regardless of that example, yes we have all seen examples of tabloid press privacy invasions which we felt were inappropriate, but is imposing a law which deals with that very specific case is unlikely to be a good law. If it needs debating then it should be debated properly, and should not be framed as a knee-jerk response to Mosley's specific case.

Ablazze .

January 11, 2011 11:26 PM

If he wins we will end up like france where there politicians are running around humping anything with a pulse while spouting family values to there electorate, i despise the tabloids but this isnt the answer, we already have super injunctions where our MPs are barred from mentioning the case in parliament we dont need more half baked laws passed here.

LAH - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 12:56 AM

it's easy.
if you will feel ashamed of your deeds if they become public, don't do the deed.
if you are not ashamed, why the outcry?


January 12, 2011 3:46 AM

To some MM might be regarded as scum re his hobby in privet life and they have every right to believe so.
But it should be admitted by one and all that the vast majority of the British media is nothing less than scum.
Investigative journalism is abused left right and centre to the point of intruding
Unlawfully into the purely privet lives of individuals.
In no way do I agree/approve of MM'S hobbies in privet life, but it's his privet life after all, and it should be kept in mind that he didn't break any law whatsoever.


January 12, 2011 6:42 AM

How can there be any comparison between an MP's abuse of their office of public trust by abusing their expense account, and a person's private sexual proclivities (assuming those proclivities are not unlawful). The first is clearly a matter of high public interest and the press should report it, and the latter clearly is not. I don't like him, but I support Mosley here.

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