Thursday, January 17, 2013
Secret film that must not be seen in France, not even by the courts
An amazing story from France. Telling the truth is defamation. Some years back, French state TV published heavily edited "news" film that purported to show a Palestinian boy being killed by Israelis. Philippe Karsenty exposed the deception, based on seeing the whole, uncut, film.
But he was then sued for defamation by the TV channel. He was acquitted but the French TV channel has appealed the acquittal.
The French high court has now ruled that the lower court improperly viewed the whole film, and has ordered a retrial. The journalist who presented the fake footage was the highly regarded Charles Enderlin
Meanwhile Charles’ employer, the state-owned media giant France2, appealed to the highest court, which, despite a strong opinion against from the “Parquet,” (which vigorously defended the value to civil society of allowing such criticisms), ruled that the appeals court had no right to demand the footage, nullified their opinion, and sent the case back to appeals court where it arrives today, same room, same “Palace of Justice” in Paris.
Must not upset Muslims, I guess. Truth be damned. The French establishment is totally corrupt as far as I can see.