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Gawker founder urges truce with Peter Thiel

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."

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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."

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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."

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Peter Thiel isn't the only billionaire waging legal battles against the press

Editor's note: A version of this story was first posted by "Reveal" from The Center for Investigative Reporting and is being republished here with permission. The revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel secretly funded a lawsuit against Gawker has provoked a lot of hand-wringing in media circles. “Be very, very worried,” tweeted Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery. Nevermind … Read More
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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."

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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."

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What does Peter Thiel's lawsuit against Gawker mean for a resource-strapped news industry?

Last night, Forbes reported out a rumor that has been circulating among media reporters for the last several months: Hulk Hogan's $140 million lawsuit against Gawker Media was bankrolled by a wealthy benefactor, namely Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. The story, attributed to multiple anonymous sources, broke just hours before Gawker Media was scheduled to appear in a … Read More
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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.

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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.

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What does the First Amendment look like in the digital age? Knight and Columbia are spending $60 million to find out

The Washington Post and The Guardian shocked the world in the summer of 2013 when they pulled back the curtain on a global spying machine orchestrated in part by the U.S. government. The immediate legal blowback for the disclosures was mostly directed at Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor responsible for the leaks, who fled to Russia to avoid trial on … Read More
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St. Louis County settles with 4 journalists arrested in Ferguson

Correction: An earlier headline said St. Louis City and county settled. The settlement is with St. Louis County. We apologize for our error. St. Louis County's police department has settled a lawsuit from four journalists who were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, according to a press release from the law firm Squire Patton Boggs. Ryan Devereaux, Lukas Hermsmeier, Ansgar … Read More
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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."

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Running into a brick wall with your FOIA request? Take it public

When I’m having trouble getting public records from a government agency, I’ll often turn to my colleagues for advice or just to vent. But sometimes, you need to take your struggle public. That’s what New York City reporter Joaquin Sapien did last month. After spending nearly a year trying to get records from the city and exchanging more than 50 … Read More
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