Hulk Hogan and the demise of Gawker Media: wrestling with problems of celebrity voyeurism, newsworthiness and tabloidisation

Antoniou, Alexandros and Akrivos, Dimitris (2016) Hulk Hogan and the demise of Gawker Media: wrestling with problems of celebrity voyeurism, newsworthiness and tabloidisation. Journal of Media Law, 8 (2). pp. 153-172. ISSN 1757-7632

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Abstract

The article uses the private-facts lawsuit of the retired wrestler Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media as a case study to look at the challenges of balancing the media's freedom of expression and individuals' privacy in the contemporary celebrity-centred culture. It suggests that the verdict in the privacy suit reflects the jurors' profound disenchantment with the way in which freedom of expression was subverted in this case by the media organisation. It further adopts a comparative perspective that draws parallels and highlights differences between American and English privacy law. It explores Hogan's claim through the lens of the emerging English privacy jurisprudence and identifies important lessons to be learnt for the future of the newly developed tort of misuse of private information.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis. This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Media Law, Volume 8, Issue 2, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/17577632.2016.1253909.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Privacy, celebrities, public interest, exemplary damages
Subjects: Law and criminal justice > Law
Media
Depositing User: Alexandros Antoniou
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 20:35
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 11:46
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3022

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