Angelina Jolie found herself being labelled a hypocrite by the press during the premiere of her new movie A Mighty Heart after she tried to make reporters sign a contract stating that they would limit their questions to the movie only, and not venture anywhere near her personal life.
It all started when A Mighty Heart premiered in New York with an aim to support the organisation Reporters Without Borders, which not only seeks to protect journos against persecution, but also works to combat censorship and laws that undermine freedom of the press.
It thus came as a bit of a surprise when Jolie’s attorney tried to make reporters covering the event sign pre-interview contracts limiting exactly what they could and could not ask her. <b2>
According to Roger Friedman, the Fox.com writer who covered the event, the contract stated that they "not ask Ms Jolie any questions regarding her personal relationships, reports the Telegraph.
Adding that if the journalists dared to venture into this forbidden territory, they faced the risk of the actress terminating the interview.
"In the event the interviewer does ask Ms Jolie any questions regarding her personal relationships, Ms Jolie will have the right to immediately terminate the interview and leave," the contract continued, he said.
Friedman, who then called Jolie ‘a mighty hypocrite’, added that the contract also stated that "the interview may only be used to promote the picture", and that it could not be used in connection with any other story or "used in a manner that is disparaging, demeaning, or derogatory to Ms Jolie." <b3>
The move however backfired when annoyed reporters not only refused to sign the contract, but also refused to cover the event, forcing Jolie to recall the order.
Jeff Julliard, the editorial director of Reporters Without Borders in Paris, told Fox that he did not support Jolie's attempts to gag the press.
"Paparazzi should be allowed to do their job," Fox quoted him as saying.