Free Screening: ‘Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press’
DetailsDate June 16, 2017
Time 7 PM - 9 PM
NPR’s Studio One
1111 North Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20002
An exclusive Q&A with NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik and Nobody Speak director Brian Knappenberger will follow the screening. NPR journalist and podcast host Sam Sanders will join the pair onstage to discuss the themes and trials of the free press chronicled in the film.
This is a free, ticketed event. Seating is first-come, first-served. The reception is from 5:30-7PM and the film begins at 7PM.
About The Film
When the online tabloid Gawker posted a surreptitiously filmed sex tape of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, it ignited a high stakes legal battle that pit privacy rights against the first amendment. The staggering verdict bankrupted Gawker and its founder Nick Denton, but also exposed a shadowy figure behind the scenes; Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Nine years earlier Gawker had outed Thiel on its site and the furious billionaire had been waiting for his chance to destroy them.
The Florida trial happened against the backdrop of a contentious election. Thiel’s battle with Gawker, along with Sheldon Adelson’s secretive purchase of the Las Vegas Review–Journal and President Elect Donald Trump’s treatment of journalists, portend a sinister trend threatening a free press and has brought to light a potential threat to democracy. Are the very wealthy thwarting the First Amendment to silence critics? In an age of extreme inequality, how vulnerable is a free press that has lost most of its traditional sources of income? Perhaps most frightening, what could a billionaire with the executive branch at his command do to those who have angered him?