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YOU ARE INVITED TO
The OFF THE FENCE fund
Thursday 6 March 7-30pm
Main Assembly Hall, Church House, Great Smith Street, Westminster,
Followed by informal wine reception in the Harvey Goodwin Suite.
Refreshments available from 6.30pm
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.
To reserve seats RSVP by
Tuesday 4 March: Tel: (0171) 278 9908 fax (0171) 278 9755 e-mail
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