The New York Times buried on page 6 of the Business Section (Section C) an important story (February 7, 2005) on the escalating scandal surrounding the facts of the infamous Muhammad al Dura episode. The case involved the alleged Israeli killing of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy and the severe wounding of his father at Gaza's Netzarim Junction in September 2000.
UPDATED: More than 12 years after France 2 aired a report claiming that Israeli soldiers shot dead 12-year-old Mohammed Al Dura, an Israeli government review committee has concluded that there was no evidence for those claims and that the report was used as propaganda that provoked violence and hatred against Israel and contributed to the delegitimization of the Jewish state. CAMERA sorts out the claims and counter-claims.
A private French TV channel is found guilty of slander after airing a documentary accusing media monitor Philippe Karsenty of manipulating information to support the perspective that the broadcast of Mohammed Al Dura's death on France 2 was staged.
Update: The French Court of Appeal rules to overturn the lower court ruling that found Philippe Karsenty guilty of defaming France 2 and Charles Enderlin.
For years, Charles Enderlin of French public television network France 2 has been battling accusations that his September 30, 2000 newscast of a Palestinian boy allegedly shot to death by Israelis was staged. The Israeli government has now joined the chorus of voices that insist the broadcast was staged for propaganda purposes.
Defamation suits against those accusing France 2 of providing a false account of Mohammed al Dura's death highlight the issues of media accountability and freedom of speech.
Faced with criticism of his coverage of the recent Gaza beach explosion which killed seven members of a Palestinian family, France 2 Jerusalem correspondent Charles Enderlin, is once more retreating behind a shield of lies. According to Metulla News Agency, Enderlin distorted facts to discredit an investigation that indicated the journalist had misrepresented the entire incident.
The name "Mohammed Al Dura" has become synonymous with Palestinian "martydom," thanks to the deceptive news coverage of France 2. Rather than admitting its guilt in broadcasting a false report, the French government-owned network is mired in a deceptive cover-up. In an email viewer, France 2 falsely alleged that an "authoritative American opinion" by the US government "discredits" the IDF conclusion that Al Dura was not killed by Israeli bullets.
France 2 has yet to apologize for the infamous broadcast which wrongly blamed Israel for the boy's reported death.