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Cartoonist Ted Rall is suing the LA Times for defamation

A blog post on an alleged altercation between acclaimed cartoonist Ted Rall and an LAPD officer led to Rall being fired from the LA Times. Rall has decided to sue.

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TIME interviews Tim Cook on privacy and security

Apple's stand against the FBI has earned Tim Cook plaudits and criticisms. His interview with TIME is the cover story of the March 28 issue; the full transcript is available online.

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Jurors in Hogan v. Gawker won't have to watch a 30-minute sex tape

Judge Pamela Campbell didn't deem the video apropos to Gawker's defense: "In her ruling on Thursday afternoon, Campbell said it was not relevant to Gawker's defense that the publication of the video package was newsworthy."

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Hulk Hogan's legal team seeks to bar journalists from getting sealed documents

An appeals court ordered that evidence remain sealed in the $100 million privacy suit brought by ex-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media. Then, an appeals court overturned that order. Now, Hogan's legal team is taking legal measures to delay the appeals court decision. Meanwhile, the trial is close to concluding.

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'FOIA terrorist' says Obama whiffed on transparency

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles being published by Poynter to commemorate Sunshine Week. View the rest here. Jason Leopold has spent his career digging up unsavory news about the United States government. Once dubbed a "FOIA terrorist" by an agency he bombarded with public records requests, the VICE News reporter is more … Read More
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Gawker founder defends decision to publish Hulk Hogan sex tape

During a blistering cross-examination, Gawker honcho Nick Denton stood up for a decision by former editor A.J. Daulerio to publish an excerpt from a sex tape featuring Hulk Hogan, although he allowed that parts of it made him "uncomfortable." "Asked to summarize his approach to journalism, Denton said: 'Is it true? Is it interesting? And check with legal.'"

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Gawker honcho: Hulk Hogan sex tape was newsworthy

Hulk Hogan, the boss of Gawker Media, defended on Tuesday the decision to publish a story containing an excerpt of a video that showed ex-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan having sex with the wife of a friend. "...As a whole, it was newsworthy, interesting and advanced our understanding."

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Jury in Hogan v. Gawker case asks Jezebel editor if she had 'an intimate relationship' with her boss

How could this have any bearing on the case? Emma Carmichael, the editor in chief of Jezebel, was asked by a jury in St. Petersburg, Florida whether she ever slept with Gawker founder Nick Denton (who is gay) or former Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio. "And if you're wondering if any of the male defendants or witnesses were subject to a similar line of questioning ... do you even have to ask?"

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Ex-Gawker editor to explain why he published Hulk Hogan sex tape today

A.J. Daulerio, the former Gawker editor who made the call to publish an excerpt from a sex tape featuring Hulk Hogan, will defend the decision in a $100 million invasion-of-privacy trial Monday. Last week, attorneys for Hogan tried to paint Gawker as a shameless click factory; Daulerio will do his best to counter that impression.

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Gawker attorney cross-examines Hulk Hogan's journalism expert

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."

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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