Ilana Dayan acquitted of libel over 'Captain R' broadcast

February 8, 2012 18:19


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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.

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