The National Press Club is hosting a screening of Netflix's "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press" on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at its Washington headquarters, followed by a panel discussion about the issues raised by the documentary.
The film tells the story of the libel suit filed by wrestler Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media over the posting of a sex tape featuring Hogan—a suit that ended with a $140 million judgment against Gawker, putting the company out of business. It also addresses the purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal by gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has donated millions to the GOP.
Directed by Brian Knappenberger, who owns and operates Los Angeles-based production and post-production company Luminant Media, “Nobody Speak” investigates the increasingly powerful role that private, monied interests play in the media, and asks if that constitutes a danger to press freedom.
The panel discussion following the film, sponsored by the NPC Journalism Institute, will feature Knappenberger, as well as Margaret Sullivan, media editor for the Washington Post and former public editor of the New York Times, and Elizabeth Spiers, the founding editor of Gawker.