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Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017)

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When the online tabloid Gawker posted a surreptitiously filmed sex tape of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, it ignited a high stakes legal battle that pit privacy rights against the first amendment. The staggering verdict bankrupted Gawker and its founder Nick Denton, but also exposed a shadowy figure behind the scenes -- Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Nine years earlier Gawker had outed Thiel on its site and the furious billionaire had been waiting for his chance to destroy them. The Florida trial happened against the backdrop of a contentious election. Thiel's battle with Gawker, along with Sheldon Adelson's secretive purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and President Trump's treatment of journalists, portend a sinister trend threatening a free press and has brought to light a potential threat to democracy. Are the very wealthy thwarting the First Amendment to silence critics? In an age of extreme inequality, how vulnerable is a free press that has lost most of its traditional sources of income? Perhaps most frightening, what could a billionaire with the executive branch at his command do to those who have angered him?

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What the film offers is evidence of a pattern, the shadows of a disturbing trend that add up to a warning: If we, as a society, don't push back against the chipping away of the freedom of information, it's only going to get worse, until it eats us alive.

June 23, 2017 | Full Review…

It has the feel of a late-night conversation at a college party, full of good ideas but lacking focus.

June 23, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A film about the vital importance of speaking truth to power needn't be so concerned with dressing up its own frightful truths, but Nobody Speak still compels as an opening statement on journalism's dubious future.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Just because "Nobody Speak" has a timely message doesn't make it an ideal messenger.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…

A troubling foreshadowing of things to come if journalists are threatened, sidelined or attacked by powerful institutions and people more concerned with their own interests than what's best for the country or communities.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…

[A] compelling if slightly lopsided documentary ...

June 22, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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