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."
Inside Peter Thiel's secret war with Gawker
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."
Running into a brick wall with your FOIA request? Take it public
Intimidating legal tactics against WSJ scribe
John Carreyrou, an investigative reporter with the Wall Street Journal, faced legal threats in the runup to his expose on Silicon Valley darling Theranos.
Hulk Hogan sues Gawker Media...again
On the heels of winning a major a judgment against the digital media company, retired professional wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker Media on suspicion of leaking sensitive information to the National Enquirer.
New York magazine won't have to turn over notes for Bill Cosby story
"...A federal judge ruled against Cosby's effort to compel the publisher of New York magazine to provide access to unedited interviews of six women who are suing him over separate abuse allegations."
Turkey arrests and releases Dutch journalist
Ebru Umar, who wrote a column critical of a Turkish official in the newspaper Metro, was detained and subsequently released. "The hashtag #freeebru was trending in the Netherlands on Sunday, with Dutch politicians and commentators calling for her release."