‘He lit the blue touch paper’: Max Mosley’s legacy as a campaigner for a more ethical press

The former motorsport chief devoted the last 13 years of his life to campaigning for reforms in press regulation

Even those who crossed swords with Max Mosley in the course of the privacy crusade he waged over many years before his death on Monday aged 81 readily accept the multimillionaire’s position in future textbooks on the subject is assured.

The spark was the News of the World’s report on his involvement in an alleged sadomasochistic orgy in 2008. Mosley sued the newspaper for breach of privacy and won, although a personal tragedy came into play when his eldest son Alexander died at the age of 39 from a cocaine overdose. Mosley believed his son might have been spared a descent into deep depression and death were it not for the furore around the newspaper’s coverage.

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