IFJ/EFJ Welcome Victory of French Reporter over Defamation

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European group, the Federation of

Journalists (EFJ), have today welcomed the ruling of a court in France which

upheld the claim brought by France 2 correspondent Charles Enderlin for

defamation against media analyst Phillippe Karsenty.

On Wednesday, 26 June,

the Paris Court of Appeals ruled that Mr Karsenty, founder of the Media Rating

website, was guilty of defamation for accusing Mr Enderlin, Jerusalem

correspondent for French public broadcaster France 2, of staging TV footage about

the killing of Mohammed Al Dura, a Palestinian boy who was reportedly shot dead

by Israeli forces in Gaza on 30 September 2000.

"We welcome the decision

by the French Court of Appeals which clears the good name and impeccable reputation

of our colleague," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. "Charles Enderlin is a

highly respected French journalist, revered for his integrity and

professionalism, and this conviction of Phillippe Karentsy for defamation has

been a long time coming.

"The recent IFJ World

Congress in Dublin adopted a resolution presented by the three affiliates in

support of Mr Enderlin."

IFJ affiliates in France,

SNJ, SNJ-CGT and USJ-CFDT, have hailed the

court's decision, saying that the reporter has faced a relentless smear

campaign for the last twelve years.

In a statement, the SNJ-CGT at French

Television said that the judgment "puts an end to the attack on the honour of a

journalist who is well known and respected for his integrity and professional


Karentsy was initially

convicted of libel in 2006, but the Paris Court of Appeals overturned the

verdict. Then last year France's highest court overturned the appeals court

verdict, a decision which led to Wednesday's verdict. Karentsy received a fine

of 7000 euros.

The IFJ and EFJ

praised the journalist's tireless campaign against the allegations which hung

over him for such a long time.

"For the past 12 years

Charles Enderlin has had to live with these accusations against his

professionalism and honesty, said EFJ President Mogens

Blicher Bjerregård. "This decision is a clear vindication of

his integrity as a journalist and human being."

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