Thursday, October 19, 2006

Al-Dura case lost in France

The judge in the case of France2 against Philippe Karsenty over the Mohammed Al-Dura film and its authenticity has found against M. Karsenty. Those who attended, including Richard Landes of Augean Stables, are shocked as the it seemed a foregone conclusion. Landes:

I have heard from Paris that Philippe Karsenty was found liable for insulting Charles Enderlin and France2 to the sum of 3000 Euros to Enderlin and 5 symbolic Euros to France2. I do not have the judgment and only a vague account of the reasoning, which criticizes Philippe for not having done more research.

The implications of this reversal of Madame le Procureur’s clear recommendations, for what appears to be — we’ll have a translation and analysis of the judgment ASAP — a critique of Philippe that somehow absolves Enderlin of all of his journalistic failings, failings that came out abundantly in court, are deeply troubling.

If these trials are a test of the resilience of Republican culture in France in the face of a challenge to its very core values, then today’s decision is a great loss for the France most people who do love her, love.

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