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Gawker guy will discuss media law at panel next month

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Terry Bollea — who is better known by his nom de guerre Hulk Hogan, enjoyed last week’s jury ruling in his favor over Gawker.

How ironic.

A top editor at Gawker — the scandalous gossip site that was just bodyslammed for posting Hulk Hogan’s sex tape — will headline a panel about libel and privacy law next month.

“My guess is that he won’t talk very much,” said Media Law Resource Center director George Freeman, referring to Gawker executive editor John Cook, who is still on the docket for the April 26 roundtable.

Cook can’t be saved by the bell at this media and law session, as Freeman said the $ 140 million Hogan punishment would certainly be discussed.

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Top Gawker editor John Cook will headline a panel about libel and privacy law next month.CSPAN

Top Gawker editor John Cook will headline a panel about libel and privacy law next month.

“We have one session on privacy so I’m sure it’ll come up,” he told the Daily News.

Cook did not return a request for comment.

He’ll have to say more than that at the session, titled, “Media Law for Journalists.” The flier says participants — including Cook and counterparts from CNN and the New York Times — will discuss “How Journalists Get Into Trouble,” “Protecting Yourself: Insurance and Lawyers” and “Relationship with Sources.”

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Gawker founder Nick Denton has defended publishing the Hulk Hogan sex tape.

“We’ll discuss hidden cameras, lying to obtain information, trespass, contracts with sources, and more,” the Media Law Resource Center website touts.

Many of those techniques were scrutinized anew last week when a jury ordered Gawker to pay $ 140 million in punitive damages and compensation to Hogan for publishing a tape of the wrestler having sex with his best friend’s wife in 2012.

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton has maintained that the company’s decision to publish the tape because it had genuine news value.

The outlet plans to appeal the ruling — which is something else Cook will be expected to discuss.

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