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Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an examination of the perils and duties of the free press in an age of inequality.

Director: Brian Knappenberger
Year: 2017
Time: 95 min
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Related Articles and Resources

Gawker’s original Sex Tape reportage (archived by the Library of Congress)

“Even for a Minute, Watching Hulk Hogan Have Sex in a Canopy Bed is Not Safe For Work but Watch it Anyway.”

Read the reportage at Library of Congress Web Archives Collection

Peter Thiel, Trump’s Tech Pal, Explains Himself

“‘It basically stands for the narrow proposition that you should not publish a sex tape,’ Mr. Thiel says. ‘I think that’s an insult to journalists to suggest that’s journalism now. Transparency is good, but at some point it can go in this very toxic direction.'”

Read the article from Maureen Dowd on The New York Times.

Nick Denton’s (founder of Gawker) FAQs

“…there are resonances between Hogan’s jury verdict against Gawker.com and Trump’s victory over liberal media opposition. Both Gawker.com and the Clinton campaign were undone by hyperbolic celebrities — Hulk Hogan and Donald Trump — whose reputations were immune to media criticism.”

Read more on Nick Denton’s Blog.

Gawker’s coverage of Hogan’s racist comments

“World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has cut ties with the professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, reportedly due to sealed transcripts quoted by the National Enquirer and Radar on Friday morning in which Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) refers to black people as ‘fucking niggers’ and admits that ‘I am a racist, to a point.’ ”

Read more on Gawker.

We Are Legion

Another film from the director Brian Knappenberger, focusing on the shifting landscape of digital activism.

Gawker Shuts Down

“Gawker.com is shutting down today, Monday 22nd August, 2016, some 13 years after it began and two days before the end of my forties. It is the end of an era.”

Read the full statement by Nick Denton on Gawker.

Why Peter Thiel Wants to Topple Gawker and Elect Donald Trump

“The apparent success of an aggrieved billionaire in destroying the media company over a personal slight sets a disturbing precedent — paving the way for a future in which ‘comic-book villain’ billionaires can strike down unwelcome coverage with impunity.”

Read the article from Park MacDougal on  New York Magazine.

These 15 Billionaires Own America’s News Media Companies

“While a billionaire secretly funding a lawsuit to take down a news outlet may be a new way of using money to influence the media business, billionaires have long exerted influence on the news simply by owning U.S. media outlets.”

Read the article from Kate Vinton on Forbes.

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