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ITN vs Bosnia Truth Court case in the UK

The first completed legal action brought by Independent Television News elating to the Living Marxism/Trnopolje story is currently being reported on the teletext services.

Two-Ten Communications carried an LM press release, and ITN sued them for libel. Two-Ten is a small company, a subsidiary of the UK's PA (Press Association).

It'll be interesting to see if newspapers report the case tommorow, and if so, what they say. As far as I'm aware, Two-Ten did not "contest" the case because they could not afford to. This allows ITN to "buy" the truth in a High Court judgement.

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BBC Ceefax 17 April 1997 12:04 BST


Independent Television News and two of it's journalists have won a court case over claims that they falsified a report on detention camps in Bosnia.

The libel was for a press release about an article in Living Marxism by German journalist Thomas Deichmann.

Two-Ten Communications apologised to Penny Marshall, Ian Williams and the ITN camera crew for causing offence.

The report about the Serb-run camps shocked viewers throughout the world.

SKY TEXT 17 April 1997 12:09 BST

ITN wins apology over Bosnia pic

ITN has won and apology over claims it fabricated pictures and reports of detention camps run by Bosnian Serbs.

The apology came from a news service company which transmitted a Living Marxism claim that the horrific conditions in the camp were staged by journalists.

The High Court agreed that the reports were accurate and impartial.

See the rest of reports on "ITN, Vulliamy vs Truth" expose
Placed on this site on: April 17, 1997