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Max Moseley loses appeal to change UK privacy laws

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The ex-formula one boss, Max Moseley has lost an appeal to force a change in the UK’s privacy laws. In May this year the European Court of Human Rights rejected Mr Moseley’s argument that newspapers should be required to warn people before releasing a story which exposes their private lives. The court ruled in that hearing that this would have a “chilling effect” on journalism.

Now, a five judge panel has rejected Mr Moseley’s application for an appeal and has ruled that the decision in May is final. In response to the decision Mr Moseley said: “My view remains that the requirement for prior notification is unanswerable. I am hopeful that the UK Government, by way of the various committees and inquiries, can find a regime for effective safeguards for personal privacy. This is certainly not the end of the road.”

Mr Moseley has argued that stories revealing information on an individual’s private behavior is a breach of a person’s right to a private life under the European Convention of Human Rights. The court however viewed that forcing the media to pre-notify individuals who are subject to such stories to be a breach of freedom of expression which is also protected by the convention and therefore ruled that “pre-notification” is not compulsory.

Index on Censorship an organization which campaigns for freedom of expression welcomed the decision and Padraig Reidy the news editor said: “Index submitted its concerns about Mr Mosley’s prior-notification plans as we recognised the threat such an obligation would pose to investigative journalism. While privacy is, of course, a concern, forcing newspapers to reveal stories would have a serious chilling effect”


Written by Andrew Hodges

October 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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