In day four of the invasion-of-privacy trial pitting Gawker Media against ex-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, an attorney for the media company pressed Hogan's legal expert on his testimony. Mike Foley, the former executive editor of the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times, said that Gawker violated the "Cheerios test" — a simple barometer of decency and taste — when it published an excerpt from a sex tape featuring Hogan. The lawyer pushed back by asking whether Playboy founder Hugh Hefner violated the "Cheerios test."
Gawker attorney cross-examines Hulk Hogan's journalism expert
Los Angeles Times photographer arrested while covering Nancy Reagan's funeral motorcade
Ricardo DeAratanha, a photographer for the Los Angeles Times, was arrested on suspicion of resisting and obstructing a police officer while covering Nancy Reagan's funeral motorcade. The arresting officer said he didn't adequately ID himself. The photographer's lawyer said he provided plenty of identification.
Obama administration tried to undermine FOIA law, documents show
New documents released to the Freedom of the Press Foundation by the Department of Justice show that the Obama administration has "worked aggressively behind the scenes to scuttle congressional reforms designed to give the public better access to information possessed by the federal government."
Gawker Media v. Hulk Hogan (cont.)
During a three-hour cross-examination Tuesday, former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan was grilled by an attorney for Gawker Media about his private and professional lives. "Attorneys for Gawker argue that publishing Daulerio's story and posting the video are protected by the First Amendment because Hogan has made his sexual exploits a matter of public interest, and that the sex tape had already been the subject of media coverage."
Hulk Hogan takes the stand
Hulk Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) testified Monday in his multi-million dollar invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media. "I was embarrassed by what it did to me as a person, but it was even embarrassing as a character. Hulk Hogan was embarrassed."
Donald Trump doesn't understand how libel law works
Donald Trump's statement that he plans to "open up" the country's libel laws to speed litigation against America's national newspapers is bunk, says the CEO and president of the national newspaper association. "But we all know that Mr. Trump isn't interested in legalities in this case."
Donald Trump calls for harsher libel laws at campaign rally
Washington Post bureau chief caught and released in Israel
William Booth, the Jerusalem bureau chief for The Washington Post, was briefly detained by Israeli authorities while conducting interviews. He was held up for about 30 minutes. The brush with police came just weeks after Jason Rezaian, the Tehran bureau chief for The Washington Post, was released after more than a year of imprisonment.
Protecting student journalism nationwide
The rash of student media advisers who've been fired, combined with censorship of student newspapers, has prompted the Student Press Law Center to call for legislation ensuring trainee journalists the right to unabridged free speech.