Andy McSmith reports:
Max Mosley, the former president of Formula One, was in a European court yesterday hoping to secure a new law barring newspapers from publishing details of people’s private lives without forewarning.
Mr Mosley is asking the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to make it illegal for a newspaper to publish intrusive material without prior notification. He claimed yesterday that it was a “great fallacy” to think this would inhibit press freedom.
But campaigners have warned that a “prior notification” rule could damage valid investigative journalism as well as suppressing “kiss and tell” journalism, by giving anyone who does not like what is about to appear about them in the press time to seek an injunction to prevent publication. The UK Government opposes Mr Mosley’s application.
Read more in The Independent.