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Courts wrestle with defining newsworthiness in privacy cases - The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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AP Photo The privacy suit brought by wrestler Hulk Hogan against Gawker will examine whether a videotape was newsworthy. What is newsworthy? When deciding whether to publish certain content, members of the news media answer this question on a daily basis. But when courts attempt to define newsworthiness, the inquiry can be more complicated and could dictate the outcome of many high-stakes trials. This March, a St. Petersburg, Florida court is set to consider the news value of a video clip featuring 62-year-old former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan having sex with Heather Cole Clem, the then-wife of Hogan’s friend and radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

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