November 19, 2007

Did French Television Play Fast and Loose with Journalistic Rules in the Al-Dura Case?

The French embrace Arabism and mendacity. Via Did French Television Play Fast and Loose with Journalistic Rules in the Al-Dura Case?:

Did France 2 reporter Charles Enderlin play fast and loose with journalistic rules in order to make his report more dramatic? In the media libel case, the most startling new evidence to emerge from the screening in court of the raw footage is that at the moment when millions of television viewers were led to believe Mohammed al-Dura had died, the boy was in fact alive. The last frames - which come after the heart-rending sequence that concluded the broadcast version - show him lifting his arm and looking towards the camera.

There was some surprise that the "rushes" did not last the full 27 minutes as originally reported, but only 18. According to Enderlin, who was in court, this was because the original cassette had been transferred at the time to a master copy in accordance with standing practice, and several minutes of uninteresting material had been wiped.