Find additional screenings of Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.
Featuring director Brian Knappenberger and executive editor, Special Projects Desk, Gizmodo Media Group John Cook. Hosted by The Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt.
Delve into the increasingly perilous situation faced by independent media in an age of inequity, big money and fake news with Nobody Speak director Brian Knappenberger and John Cook.
About the film
The risks of speaking truth to power are brought into sharp relief in Brian Knappenberger’s timely and cautionary tale of money, media and the high cost of free speech. Knappenberger chronicles the epic 2016 court battle between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media, which resulted in an unprecedented $140 million verdict that sent Gawker into bankruptcy. This already fascinating story takes a darker turn when it’s revealed that billionaire Peter Thiel was funding Hogan’s lawsuit. Suddenly, the issue pivots from one of privacy to that of the First Amendment, becoming a startling examination of the wealthy’s ability to curtail news organizations and journalists they disagree with. Filled with twists worthy of a soap opera (or a presidential election), Nobody Speak is an eye-opening look at the erosion and manipulation of one of the foundational tenets of democratic society—and a wake-up call about the fragile nature of democracy itself. Shane Smith
About the host
Simon Houpt is The Globe and Mail's senior media writer, charged with covering the industry's transformation. He began his career with The Globe in 1999 as the paper's New York arts correspondent, covering the cultural life of that city through Canadian eyes. After 10 years on the beat, including six as a weekly columnist, he returned to the Globe's Toronto news room to join the Report on Business as its advertising and marketing reporter.
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