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The battle for privacy – has Max Mosley reached the end of the line?

5 October 2011

Max Mosley’s continuing attempts to force newspapers to warn people before exposing their private lives have finally reached the end of the line – at least in the courts.

In May 2011 he applied to the European Court of Human Rights to make it obligatory for the press to notify individuals concerned about stories that would affect their privacy. The court ruled that the guarantee of freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights could not be restricted in this way.

He then appealed to the Grand Chamber of the European Court. Last week (27 September 2011) a five panel court refused to reconsider the earlier ruling, holding that the ECHR’s decision was final.

Max Mosley says that his fight is not over. Whilst he may have reached the end of the road in the courts, he is now pinning his hopes on government committees and inquiries for a safeguard to privacy. Having taken his battle so far in the courts without success it is difficult to imagine that any other route could successfully side step the ruling of the ECHR.

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