Ilana Dayan acquitted of libel over 'Captain R' broadcast

February 8, 2012 18:19


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Supreme Court acquitted Channel 2 investigative journalist Ilana Dayan of libel on Wednesday over a documentary report on the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Iman Darweesh al-Hams by IDF troops in the Gaza Strip in 2004.

In a 2005 episode of the Uvda ('Fact') news show, Dayan aired an audio recording of the communications between IDF soldiers at the military post during the incident. The documentary suggested an IDF commanding officer, identified only as Captain R., had "confirmed" Darweesh al-Hams's killing. A military court acquitted Captain R. of all wrongdoing in November 2005.

In 2009, Captain R successfully sued Dayan and Telad, the former Channel 2 production company, for libel in the Jerusalem District Court. In that trial, Judge Noam Sohlberg ruled that Dayan and Telad had defamed Captain R., and awarded him NIS 300,000 in damages.

Related Content

Breaking news
July 22, 2018
Netanyahu calls Syrian White Helmets evacuation 'important humanitarian step'