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

Antoniou, A. and Akrivos, D. (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.

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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
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
K Law
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
Depositing User: Dimitris Akrivos
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 15:13
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2017 19:16
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15420

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