Judge Orders France2 to Show the Rushes to the Court

Al-Dura controversy deepens
Published: 09/19/2007

A French judge ordered the release of video footage that could reopen the controversy surrounding the 2000 shooting of Mohammed al-Dura.

The appeals court judge in Paris ordered France 2 TV to show the court about 25 minutes of raw video footage shot on Sept. 30, 2000 at the Netzarim Junction in the Gaza Strip, when the 12-year-old Palestinian boy apparently was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants.

Al-Dura’s shooting death became an instant icon for Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israeli brutality, but the Israeli army, after initially apologizing for the death, concluded after an investigation that the boy could not possibly have been hit by Israeli bullets.

When Philippe Karsenty, director of the media watchdog group Media-Ratings, called France 2′s exclusive video of the incident “a hoax,” he was found guilty of slander. He appealed the decision, and on Wednesday the appeals judge ordered that the video be released. Karsenty called the court’s decision a victory. “This is only the first step in a victory,” his lawyer, Marc Levy, corrected him.
France 2, whose cameraman in Gaza, Talal Abu Rahma, shot the exclusive footage that was considered a major scoop at the time, was given until Nov. 14 to hand over the video to the court.
Several French and U.S. journalists who have seen the raw footage have indicated the shooting might have been staged by Palestinians.

A decision on Karsenty’s case is expected in February.

6 Responses to Judge Orders France2 to Show the Rushes to the Court

  1. Solomon says:

    Show the film to the court (closed) or does this put it out to the public?

  2. Solomonia says:

    French Court Orders Release of Hidden Al Dura Footage

    Big news! A French judge ordered the release of video footage that could reopen the controversy surrounding the 2000 shooting of Mohammed al-Dura. The appeals court judge in Paris ordered France 2 TV to show the court about 25 minutes…

  3. Sophia says:

    Awesome. I hope the tapes are intact.

    If nothing else I hope the need for objectivity in journalism is reaffirmed. The treatment of Israel in much of the global press is simply shameful, and meanwhile millions of people are ignored.

    I read a poster the other day, sponsored by Physicians without Borders, which claimed that some 33 million people have been displaced by war – I gather relatively recently. Have they their own ad agencies, special department at the UN, financial support, sovereignty even over the territory of another state (Lebanon)?

    Of course not. Most of us never hear of them. The picture we get of the world is tragically skewed and we remain ignorant. And being ignorant, we can’t help, we are totally unable to create positive change because we simply do not see what is happening.

    Worst of all, the media seem actively to be promoting, inciting, violence. The Arab/Israeli conflict should have been over decades ago. Instead state-sponsored news organizations seem determined to fan the flames.

    Why?

  4. fp says:

    sophia,

    it’s not entirely clear to me that the media even knows what objectivity is anymore. they must be trained for in instilled with it and i would be very surprised if journalism education has not collapsed together with the whole academic system.

    fp
    http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/

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