Things don't always turn out the way you'd expect. Case in point, our friend Max Mosley, the Formula One racing organization President who was caught having German-prison-themed sex parties which he insisted were German, authoritarian, uniform-themed, but not Nazi-esque.
It sure didn't look good for Mosley. But he has the advantage of living in Great Britain, a society where any number of rights are exalted above the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press. So this week a British court fined the News of the World, saying that it had no right to expose Mosley's activities because they were not serious crimes.
This is largely the fault of Belgians. Those censorious fuckers.
In his ruling the judge acknowledged the growing influence in British national life of the European Court of Human Rights, which gives people's privacy precedence over the right of the media to investigate them.
The judge also ruled that while Mosley's fantasy was Teutonic, prison-themed, uniform-themed, and sado-masochistic, there was no evidence that it was intended to convey Nazism. It's not clear whether the judge considered the fact that Mosley's dear old dad was a friend of Hitler and leader of England's pre-WWII fascists. I learned it from you, okay? I learned it from you!
This result is disappointing to those who viewed England as having a rich common-law tradition of freedom of expression and an autonomous legal system, and not particularly surprising to anyone who has been paying attention.
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