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With cries of “fake news” and violence against journalists, the First Amendment is under attack.
On Thursday, TheWrap presents “The First Amendment in the Age of Trump,” an evening devoted to addressing threats to free speech and freedom of the press under the Trump administration.
Following a screening of the Netflix original documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” there will be a panel discussion of recent threats to the First Amendment.
Watch the live stream below.
The film explores the invasion of privacy case brought by wrestler Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan against Gawker.com for posting a sex tape of wrestler Bollea. The trial ended with the jury awarding Bollea $140 million, sending the snarky website into bankruptcy. It was later learned that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled Hogan’s lawyers to get revenge on Gawker for a story it had done about the billionaire.
The panel will be moderated by University of Southern California media law professor and TheWrap’s First Amendment correspondent, Susan Seager. Panelists will include Brian Knappenberger, director of “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press;” Sharon Waxman, Editor-in-Chief of TheWrap; and others.
Subjects explored include:
- The White House assault on journalists
- The prospect of changing our libel laws, as Trump has mentioned
- The limits of free speech in the digital age
- Peter Thiel and the Gawker case
- Fake news and the consequences it has wrought