Is it journalism or blackmail?

By UM News

Is it journalism or blackmail?

By UM News
Miami Law’s Mary Anne Franks looks at the ongoing saga between Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer.

There are more twists and turns in the ongoing Jeff Bezos—National Enquirer saga than in "Days of Our Lives," "The Young and the Restless," and "General Hospital" combined.

When the Enquirer published text messages and photographs exposing Bezos’s extramarital affair with former news anchor Lauren Sánchez, the Amazon chief executive responded by launching an investigation into whether the supermarket tabloid’s actions were politically motivated.

Matters only escalated when Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, accused the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media, Inc., of blackmail, claiming that AMI threatened to publish intimate pictures of him unless he dropped his probe into the tabloid.

For its part, AMI is adamant that it broke no laws, pledging a thorough investigation of its own into Bezos’s extortion claims.

In a recent podcast, University of Miami professor of law Mary Anne Franks, who is also president and legislative and tech policy director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating online abuse and discrimination, examines the legal aspects of the ongoing scandal surrounding the world’s richest man and the National Enquirer.