Max Mosley Says Newspapers Must Alert Famous People Before Writing Stories About Them
from the prior-restraint-for-the-rich-and-famous dept
Ima Fish alerts us to the bizarre idea of Max Mosley, the former head of the international motorsports organization FIA, to create a special rule for the rich and famous that would require the media to alert them to any stories mentioning them before publication. Mosley, of course, had a... um... well-known privacy incident a few years back, described in the above link by Kashmir Hill thusly:
In 2008, News of the World published a story about Mosley's raunchy role-playing rendezvous with five sex workers, in which they played prison guards to his naughty prisoner. One of the sex workers had a camera supplied by the tabloid, so the story had a graphic video component. The News of the World focused on the fact that the sex workers spoke German throughout the role-playing, and thus described it as a "Nazi orgy."Of course, by that point the "damage" had been done, and everyone knew about his private sex life. I can understand how that's problematic and upsetting, and would make one want to do something. But, overreacting in the other direction is not a good idea. Yet, Mosley has now asked the European High Court to declare that the UK press is required to tell anyone famous before they write about them, so that if those rich and famous folks desire it, they can go to court to get an injunction barring the story from being published. Think of it as freedom from the press, rather than freedom of the press. A court ruling isn't expected for many months, but hopefully it comes back with a succinct "nein," to the idea.
Not only was Mosley miffed to be part of a sex sting story, he said News of the World mischaracterized his sex fantasy. He said it was just a German prison camp, not a Nazi German prison camp (a crucial distinction... especially given that his father was Oswald Mosley, head of the British fascists who did associate with Nazis). Mosley sued News of the World for defamation and invasion of privacy. He won his case and was awarded nearly $100,000 plus legal fees. Heil yeah.