In an open letter Thursday evening, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton challenged Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel to an open debate as an alternative to bankrolling lawsuits against the company. "Peter, this is twisted. Even were you to succeed in bankrupting Gawker Media, the writers you dislike, and me, just think what it will mean."
Gawker founder urges truce with Peter Thiel
Thiel-Gawker fight raises concerns about press freedom
"A variety of observers, including other billionaires and figures involved in GamerGate, have entered into the fray to address themes like Mr. Thiel’s political motivations, and the wider issue of Silicon Valley power players and their involvement with the news media."
Will other wealthy finances bankroll lawsuits against the press?
In the wake of Peter Thiel's $10 million legal war against Gawker, "the question running through many media circles is whether other wealthy people upset with news accounts will decide to follow Mr. Thiel’s example and go after other organizations."
Peter Thiel isn't the only billionaire waging legal battles against the press
Inside Peter Thiel's secret war with Gawker
The Silicon Valley entrepreneur decided to bankroll multiple cases against Gawker Media after its site, Valleywag, outed him as gay and published stories his friends thought were unsavory. "I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest."
Peter Thiel, who reportedly bankrolled lawsuit against Gawker, gave big to press freedom
Peter Thiel, identified by Forbes and The New York Times as the shadowy funder behind Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, gave more than $1 million to the Committee to Protect Journalists. "Billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel has used his fortune to support press freedom — and possibly suppress it."
What does Peter Thiel's lawsuit against Gawker mean for a resource-strapped news industry?
Meet the man bankrolling Hulk Hogan's war against Gawker
It's Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of Paypal. "A self-described libertarian, Mr. Thiel has a long history with Gawker, which published an article in 2007 outing him as gay." Gawker is facing at least two other lawsuits being fought by the same lawyer who represents Hogan.
Arizona TV reporter arrested for defecating on lawn while covering a story
"Getting the story is always priority No. 1, but a Phoenix TV reporter seems to have forgotten about No. 2 until it was too late."
A Quartz reporter is suing the U.S. government
Quartz' David Yanofsky wrote about suing for information on who is coming in the country, where from and why. After a Freedom of Information Act request was denied last year, the government offered the data for $173,775.
What does the First Amendment look like in the digital age? Knight and Columbia are spending $60 million to find out
How one reporter’s scoop helped change Kansas’ open-records law
"It set off a debate in the capitol over a public-records loophole that would extend for two legislative sessions, finally resulting in a major reform that was signed into law...this week."
St. Louis County settles with 4 journalists arrested in Ferguson
How the Secret Service is trying to handcuff the press
"The media [pushback] has begun after the Secret Service was given the power to run background checks on thousands of journalists who want to attend this summer’s Republican and Democratic Party nominating conventions."