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Mosley's law v the UK press

14 January 2011

Argument will be put forward by ex-motorsport boss Max Mosley in the European Court this week that public figures should be given prior notification of a story before it hits the headlines.

Not only is Mosley seeking ambush prevention but also the right to obtain an injunction to prevent or delay any publication of the story at all.

The case threatens press freedom and could have colossal implications for the UK press and privacy laws. Unsurprisingly, the case is being strongly challenged by a number of media organisations.

Arguably, it appears only fair that a person has a chance to speak up before suffering embarrassment. However if successful, it could have chilling consequences for journalism, effectively shackling the press from reporting matters of serious importance.

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