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Max Mosley loses European court bid over press coverage

Former F1 boss had wanted change of law to force newspapers to warn individuals before publishing details about their private lives.

File photo of Mosley in the paddock of the Italian F1 GP in 2009.
File photo of Mosley in the paddock of the Italian F1 GP in 2009.
Image: AP Photo/Luca Bruno

EUROPE’S HUMAN RIGHTS court in Strasbourg has ruled against Max Mosley’s action to force newspapers to inform people if they are going to expose details of their private lives.

In July 2008, Mosley won £60,000 (€68,400) in damages in a privacy action against the News of the World after the paper had published photos and video clips of Mosley engaged in a sadomasochistic sex session with five female escorts.

The Guardian reported that the judge had said there was no evidence to suggest, as the paper had reported, any Nazi theme and said there was “no public interest or other justification for the clandestine recording” of the incident for publication.

Mosley subsequently launched his bid for a change in law that would compel publishers to warn people before publishing details about their private lives, the AFP reports.

However, Channel 4′s Ed Fraser tweeted this morning that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Mosley.

A win for Mosley could, the BBC pointed out, have seen new privacy laws being introduced in the UK, where anger has been brewing over the existence of ‘super-injunctions’ which prevent the press from mentioning even the existence of the injunctions.

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