Mississippi

Mississippi recognizes intrusion, private facts, and misappropriation, but has reserved the question of whether to allow false light claims.

Intrusion: The publication of photographs of mentally retarded children without the consent of their parents may be intrusive, even though the photographs accompanied an article about a public school’s special education class, which was a matter of legitimate public interest. Deaton v. Delta Democrat Publishing Co., 326 So.2d 471 (Miss. 1976).

Private Facts:As long as photographs of public officials, such as a sheriff, are taken for publication in connection with a legitimate news story, there can be no invasion of privacy. Martin v. Dorton, 50 So.2d 391 (Miss. 1951).

False Light: The publication of a photograph of a person involved in an automobile accident who was charged with driving under the influence, and an article stating that he had been charged similarly three weeks earlier, were not false light invasion because the portrayal was accurate. Prescott v. Bay St. Louis Newspapers, 497 So.2d 77 (Miss. 1986).