September 18, 2006
Richard Landes of Augean Stables has posted a review of the first trial date. There seems to be much that he found encouraging especially the court appointed official who is supposed to represent the French people at large.
Then came Madame le Procureur de la RÃ©publique. A screen writer could not have written a better speech. All the best tropes of civil society — honesty, accountability, fairness, transparency, context… the dangerous powers of an uncriticized quatriÃ¨me Ã©tat (fourth estate)… the right of the public to know, and therefore the responsibility of France2 to show the tapes of their cameraman Talal abu Rahmeh… the fact that what Phillipe had said was in fact defamation of Charles Enderlin’s reputation as a journalist, but that the evidence more than supported such an accusation… that this was not the typical case of libel, where the person slings unconsidered insults at another, but a carefully studied and considered criticism… that any sharp language was more than justified in the context of a case where one wants to attract attention… that it was not malice to want que Charles Enderlin tombe [that Charles Enderlin should fall].
There is far more - go read the rest of the post, hit the links if you are so inclined. But it's nice to know that not everyone in France is ready to roll over on their right to have a reliable press!
Posted by: NE at September 20, 2006 04:02 AM (DP5IG)
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