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MARCH 10, 2009

Mosley goes to Parliament

FIA President Max Mosley appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport to give evidence in relation to its inquiry into "Press Standards, Privacy and Libel". Mosley offered to appear before the committee following his privacy action against the New of the World last year, which he argued had breached his right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on

Human Rights. Mosley won the case and was awarded around $120,000 in damages. Mosley has since applied to the European Court of Human Rights to seek a way to strengthen privacy rights in the

UK. The committee is looking into the question of the effects the European Convention on Human Rights is having in the courts on the right to privacy as against freedom of the press and trying to decide whether the balance is correct.

The committee has also been hearing from Gerry McCann regarding whether his familys successful libel actions against a number of national papers indicate a weakness with the media's self-regulatory regime and whether this needs to be changed. McCann's daughter Madeleine disappeared from an apartment in the Algarve region of Portugal in 2007 and has never been found. The McCanns were subject to all manner of allegations before they were cleared of any involvement in the disappearance.