European Court Of Human Rights Says Newspapers Don't Need To Pre-Inform Celebrities Of Coverage

from the good-for-them dept

Earlier this year, we wrote about the campaign by Max Mosley to require newspapers to inform celebrities before articles were written about them. This seemed like a pretty big attack on free speech and, thankfully, Europe's Court of Human Rights has now denied Mosley's campaign, saying that it is not a violation of an individual's privacy rights to be written about in the news. This is a victory for supporters of free speech. The court clearly noted that deciding otherwise would have created a true chilling effect on free speech.


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    tank, May 13th, 2011 @ 6:22am

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    Matthew A. Sawtell, May 13th, 2011 @ 7:24am

    Not terribly surprised at this...

    ... given the given FUBAR of "Superinjuctions" being used to shine an even bigger light on the lifestyles of the Crass and Shameless in England.

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), May 13th, 2011 @ 7:39am

    They should still inform them anyway...

    just to annoy them.

    "Max? Yeah, I've got an unflattering article I'm going to run. Just thought you should know. It should be live any minute now... ah, there it is. Smooches!"

     

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    chuck, May 13th, 2011 @ 7:44am

    "The court clearly noted that deciding otherwise would have created a true chilling effect on free speech"
    Ya think?

     

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      Howard the Duck, May 13th, 2011 @ 7:57am

      Re:

      Yes. How does this even make it to the European Court of Human Rights?

       

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        The eejit (profile), May 13th, 2011 @ 8:10am

        Re: Re:

        Because Max Moseley has either:

        a) a vendetta against openness; or
        b) stupid people are diiots.

        I can't tell which.

         

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          A nonny mouse, May 13th, 2011 @ 9:11am

          Re: Re: Re:

          the answer is a), considering that his vendetta is because:

          "the News of the World, a British tabloid newspaper, released video footage of Mosley engaged in sado-masochistic sexual acts with five sex workers in a scenario that the paper said involved Nazi role-playing, a situation made more controversial by his father's association with the Nazis"

          (His father, Oswald Mosley, created and led the British Union of Fascists in the 1930's)

          Source: Wikipedia, take with your daily recommended allowance of salt.

          So... yeah

           

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), May 13th, 2011 @ 8:00am

    Drat, there goes my plan to get the contact info of every celebrity in the planet...

     

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      ethorad (profile), May 13th, 2011 @ 8:37am

      Re:

      If you don't have the contact info, you'd need to find another medium to use to convey the message to them.

      Perhaps a full page "ad" in a national newspaper/website would inform them that you had a story you wanted to run ...

       

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    Anonymous Coward, May 13th, 2011 @ 8:59am

    As Lord Northcliffe observed, "News is something someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising.".

    Max Mosley wants more suppression. The rest of us want more news.

     

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    lrobbo (profile), Jun 12th, 2012 @ 10:18am

    How about for the rest of the world. one way traffic for these spoilt brats . . .

     

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