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Paris Court Acquits Media Watchdog Of Libel Over Al-Dura Footage.

Published 21/5/08 : France 2 looses libel case against Philippe Karsenty, who claimed channel's 2000 story on death of Palestinian boy who became icon of Intifada was 'pure fiction'.

A Paris appeals court ruled in favor of a self-styled media watchdog accused of libel for claiming that French footage of the shooting death of a Palestinian boy was faked, his lawyer said.

In acquitting Philippe Karsenty, the court ruled that he had acted in good faith and ''exercised his free criticism against a power, that of the press,'' said his attorney, Patrick Maisonneuve.

The court confirmed the acquittal but said it would not explain its ruling before Thursday.

France 2 network's images from Sept. 30, 2000, showed the death of Mohammed al-Dura, cowering terrified with his father amid furious gunfire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

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Added: May-21-2008 
By: barnesy
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