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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Calvin _

January 12, 2011 11:08 AM

I don't like him and I didn't like what he was trying to do/did to F1. I think that what happened to him was deserved. He tried to set himself up the ruler of F1, but he was definitely biased. Obviously, he wouldn't admit that, who would.

If what he was doing was legal, why hide it?

Andy - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 11:38 AM

The dirty old perv deserved to be "outed". Why do celebs still think that they should be a law unto themselves? The guy was President of the FIA, he was the international face of motorsport and those who support him should think about that. He should have been setting an example of how to behave as a someone in the public eye. Being president of the FIA isn't a 9-5 job and he should have expected no less of the press than to jump on the story when they got wind of it.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 12:30 PM

Googolplex: "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"

I'm not saying there is and I've also said that I think the press were wrong to publish what they did about Mosley. However, what I am saying is that you have to be very careful about creating new laws in cases like this in case you inadvertently create more problems that you solve. Mosley going to the EU and asking them to dictate to the UK is not the sort of proper debate such a law would deserve.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 12:33 PM

Calvin: "If what he was doing was legal, why hide it?"

We all do things that are legal but we regard as private. Privacy is a human right. It isn't up to others to decide that its okay to invade our privacy for the sake of selling newspapers.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 12:40 PM

Andy: "The dirty old perv deserved to be outed"

Who are you to decide what is and isn't acceptable in society? No-one in that room was there unwillingly. No one was being harmed. It wasn't affecting how he ran the FIA. You may not like his morals, and maybe you think everyone in society to be straight and only use the missionary position, but that's your opinion only. It doesn't give you the right to judge him any more than he had the right to judge you.

Calvin _

January 12, 2011 12:42 PM

Alan D. You are right in a way, but I have this problem with people who position themselves as "god", (not exactly what I had in mind, but it will serve) and question the right of anyone else to have an opinion, different from theirs, who then are shown to have a dirty little secret. One which he even kept from his family, obviously. And speaking about his family, is that all a bit of a sham too?

If you put yourself up to be a public figure (President of the FIA is pretty public) you should expect less privacy IMO.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 12:54 PM

Calvin, I think if you chase celebrity status by going on X Factor etc then you can't clamour publicity one day and demand privacy when it suits you. But I don't think holding a high-profile job like president of FIA means you lose the right to privacy.

I remember one FIA official once telling a driver (Heidfeld?) to get a hair cut. If someone thinks they are entitled to foist clean0living values on others because it suits their public agenda then it would be right to expose the hypocrisy if they live a different life in private. But I don't ever recall Mosley preaching in public on issues of morality. The way he wanted to run F1 annoyed me intensely, but he was never painting himself as a saintly figure or claiming he represented family values.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 12:56 PM

Many of the recent articles describe Mosley as the former head of F1. He wasn't the head of F1, he was president of the FIA, and it annoys me intensely that people think the FIA and F1 are synonymous, and that F1 is the FIA president's plaything. As head of the FIA, Mosley was also head of the Caravan Clubs,.... and we all know what goes on in caravans don't we?

Calvin _

January 12, 2011 4:59 PM

Alan D, Maybe I'm wrong, but my impression is that MM sought to speak about anything and everything any chance he could. He's still doing it now. He's the kind of person who views his importance based on how much exposure he gets.

As for caravans, haha.

Yirmin Snipe - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 8:54 PM

Who cares what the European courts rule or the UK courts decide... the stories that are fact will still be published on the internet, there will always be a country that will house the servers and the stories will still be there. The only thing the ruling could do is force the news outlets to move operations overseas and that will only move the place that makes the money out of the UK and Europe... Set up some servers in the US, we will print the nasty bits about people and gladly take the profits from the advertisers over here.

If someone is ashamed of having the world know they like to get spanked by hookers in Nazi uniforms... well maybe they shouldn't be doing it. I have no problem with stopping the media from spreading lies but if it is the truth, well so be it.

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