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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

French media silence over potential hoax

"Are French media covering an hoax?" we asked in January 2005 in a former posting. Our concern was that almost all French newspapers (Le Monde, Liberation...) refused to cover the investigation about a short video segment produced on September 30, 2000, and distributed world-wide by the state-owned French television station France 2. The report accused the Israeli army of shooting and killing a 12-year-old Palestinian child, Mohammed Dura, in Gaza. And this death rapidly became the symbol of the second intifada...

In this month's issue of Commentary magazine, the French author Nidra Poller analyses the evidence and claims that the video is a fraud - 'an almost perfect media crime,' according to retired French journalist Luc Rosenzweig.

According to Poller, the footage itself is ambiguous, the alleged main event hidden by dust. The voice-over from France 2 correspondent Charles Enderlin is what makes the viewer understand the scene. Enderlin however has never claimed to have been anywhere near the scene of the alleged shooting. His Palestinian cameraman told him the story. France 2 has admitted that there is no footage backing up the cameraman's story, Poller writes.

The voice-over reports that the child is dead, yet the rest of the segment, which was not aired, shows the child propping himself on an elbow. A boy named Mohammed Dura did die in a Gaza hospital on September 30, but his face does not match the face in the video. In early 2005, Enderlin published an article in the French newspaper Le Figaro, admitting that his report 'may have been hasty."

The Editors Weblog is unable to give a definitive answer on the truth of the alleged hoax - we have no capacity of investigation! -, but the evidence of a French "omerta" from the media scene now seems obvious: the negligence of the French media in not investigating this matter, leaving it to foreign media, is disappointing. Source: Commentary magazine (published monthly by the American Jewish Committee) through the European Journalism Centre newsletter.

Posted by Bertrand Pecquerie on September 13, 2005 at 12:00 PM | Permalink

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Moi je cherche juste à contacter mon vieil ami de lycée Enderlin, d'où mes promenades sur des tas d'endroits..donc j'ai pas grand chose à dire sur tout cela, sinon que Raphaël a raison et bien raison. les médias français pratiquent une véritable omerta sur quoi déjà?
Bien le bonjour à mimile.

Posted by: Arthaud at Sep 28, 2005 3:03:32 PM

For those who wish to see the raw footage from 30 september 2000 at Netzarim Junction, please come to our site.
www.seconddraft.org
this story is far from dead, and soon people will be able to form their own opinion by seeing the evidence themselves.
as for Raphael's comment: would that the Palestinians felt that it didn't matter who killed the lad.
richard landes

Posted by: richard landes at Sep 21, 2005 2:09:55 AM

A l'inverse du précédent message, permettez-moi de vous féliciter pour ce que vous venez d'écrire.
Charles Enderlin a évidemment diffusé un faux en 2000, peut-être à son insu, mais depuis, alors que toutes les preuves ont été apportées que ces images étaient mises en scène, il s'entête et refuse de reconnaître son erreur.
Il est en effet incroyable de constater que tous les médias français sont ligués dans la défense d'Enderlin, ou plutôt, dans la dissimulation de ce sujet de débat.
Il est temps que le débat soit objectivement sur la table : était-ce un faux ?
La deuxième question est plus grave pour nous français : pourquoi les médias français pratiquent une véritable omerta ?
Enfin, la vraie question est de savoir si la nouvelle direction de Francetélévisions va continuer à couvrir Enderlin et son caméraman, qui est le vrai coupable, ou s'il vont se rendre compte du ridicule dans lequel ils s'enfoncent.

Posted by: Franck Vallois at Sep 16, 2005 4:28:24 PM

Loin de moi de vouloir défendre Enderlin, mais enfin, vous n'avez que ça à foutre ? Que Juffa et la Ména (je ne peux empêcher un sourire d'apitoiement devant cette "Agence"), Karsenty et une autre Agence (Média-Ratings), que d'agencement, on dirait du Deleuze ! se soient vrillés le cerveau à vouloir se payer Enderlin, bon ok, personne ne les lit, mais vous, quand même... Pitoyable. Laissez ce pauvre gosse reposer en paix, peu importe qui l'a tué. Il est mort. point. Les fables qui veulent qu'il soit encore vivant sont indécentes.

Posted by: Raphaël at Sep 16, 2005 1:40:30 PM