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Max Mosley’s “hanky spanky”: titillation or public interest?
Motor racing chief Max Mosley has won his privacy case against the News of the World, after a High Court judge backed his claim that the paper had no right to print details of his sado-masochistic orgies.
The News of the World had reported that Mosley, President of Formula One’s governing body and son of Britain’s 1930s fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley, had taken part in a “sick Nazi orgy”.
But the judge backed Mosley’s claim that this was untrue and so reporting on the sex sessions was not justified.
The case is likely to pose questions for the media, with some commentators saying it will limit the freedom of the press and its reporting of well-known figures’ private lives in the future.
Was the paper right to print the story or is it a well-deserved slap in the face for intrusive tabloids? Tell us what you think.