More details to follow. But word from Paris is that the court dismissed charges against Philippe Karsenty today. Now we get to see how the French (and Western) MSM handle this. It’s a stunning victory for Karsenty and loss for Enderlin and France2 who initiated this case when they didn’t have to.
In order for an appeals court to reverse a decision, they must have strong evidence to the contrary.
The fact that they did indicates that their written decision will be very critical of France2. The implications of this decision are immense. We’ll be following up in the days, weeks and months to come.
In the Emperor’s New Clothes when the boy (Shahaf, Juffa, Poller, me, Karsenty) said the emperor (France2, MSM) is naked, the father turned on his son and tried to hush him. But someone else then says, “Listen to the boy!” That happened today in Paris.
AP in Nouvel Observateur
Juffa in MENA
Franceinfo in which Maitre Amblard, the lawyer for France2 suggests that her clients are seriously considering appealing the decision to the “cour de cassation.” Those whom the gods would destroy, first they drive mad.
Breath of the Beast: brilliant analysis by a man I’m proud to call my associate.
Noah Pollack at Commentary’s blog, Contentions.
Ed Lasky at American Thinker.
Haviv Rettig at the Jerusalem Post: Rettig’s is the most informative item out so far, with responses from both Karsenty and Enderlin/France2 (who seem like they’ll take this to the supreme court).
Phyllis Chesler, an interview at Pajamas Media.
Tom Gross at the Media Blog of NRO
AP, typically about six steps behind the curve (still discussing who killed the boy).
Liberation: which has some of the language of the court decision including the observation that, athough the claims of Karsenty were indeed defamatory in that they struck at the honor and reputation of the “information professionals”, given the impact of the images, it was nonetheless legitimate for an agency of media critique to to call into question the manner in which the footage was filmed and diffused, and that the court’s close examination of the rushes has led it to believe that they cannot dismiss the claims of professionals heard in the course of the hearings who had put the original report in doubt. Promising.
Le Point: good article, extremely interesting comments including one from someone who started out supporting Enderlin and then saw the evidence… shades of Dreyfus.
IsraelValley: French, short, refers to Karsenty’s interview on Radio J.
Enderlin’s blog: where he promises to take this to the highest court.
Véronique Chemla at Guysen: the most extensive and annotated discussion (as usual).
Gérard Huber on his own blog: characteristically enigmatic (he refers to the “Al Durah Enigma” rather than “Affair”). I’ll try my hand at translating one passage:
Cette fuite devant le traumatisme de la réalité qui a été préalablement remplacée par un cauchemar éveillé est un des phénomènes les plus inquiétants de la morale civilisée dans une société de culture mondialisée comme la nôtre.
[This flight from the trauma of reality which had been previously replaced by a waking nightmare is one of the most disquieting phenomena of civilized morality in a society of globalized culture like ours.]