FIRST PUBLIC SHOWING OF THE UNEDITED ITN FILM AND A DISCUSSION ON THE ATTEMPT BY ITN TO GAG THE PRESS
ITN is using the libel laws to try to gag LM magazine. This is an unprecedented attack on press freedom by a media giant. The controversy centres on Thomas Deichmann's article 'The Picture that Fooled the World', published in February's LM, which raises serious questions about ITN's award-winning pictures of Trnopolje camp in Bosnia, first broadcast in 1992.
First ITN tried to have every copy of February's LM pulped. When LM refused to comply with this gagging order, ITN issued libel writs. They have since deployed their lawyers and influence to scare the media off the story.
Libel is a censorship law that the rich can hire to silence their critics. This is an attempt by a multi-million pound corporation to by immunity from criticism through the courts. But LM refuses to be gagged. This event will present the public with the opportunity to view the evidence and hear the story that ITN does not want you to hear.
MICK HUME - Editor of LM magazine who is being sued for libel by ITN, will argue for a defence of the truth and a free press.
THOMAS DEICHMANN - author of the 'offending' article in LM, will come to London from Germany to reveal the truth behind the British news team's pictures that "fooled the world". Deichmann will give the first public showing of the unedited rushes of ITN's film and invite the audience to judge for themselves.
GEORGE KENNEY - ex United States Department of State (European Bureau in charge of Yugoslav affairs) - is flying over from America to join the debate. Kenney resigned from the State Department in 1993 in protest against US policy toward the Yugoslav crisis.
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