Is Freedom of Expression in Danger in Trump Era? First Amendment Experts Weigh In (Full Panel)

The grey area between questions of privacy rights and First Amendment rights were central to TheWrap’s panel discussion in Los Angeles Thursday night, “The First Amendment In the Age of Trump” — and needless to say, there were plenty of issues to debate. Brian Knappenberger, director of the documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of a Free Press,” feels that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s secretive involvement in the Hulk Hogan/Gawker trial threatened the First Amendment rights of the free press. But the irony is that the First Amendment in part protects Thiel’s secrecy. Or consider how universities have been locked in debate over whether figures like Ann Coulter or Milo Yiannopoulos have the right to speak on college campuses. The First Amendment protects their right to speak, but it also protects those fighting back against that speech. Are students exercising their rights or are they suppressing debate?