PARIS – A French media analyst has been convicted of defamation for accusing a state television network of staging a video that depicted a young boy being killed in a firefight between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces.
The footage more than a decade ago galvanized Palestinians and anti-Israeli sentiment in the Mideast.
A Paris court fined Philippe Karsenty 7,000 euros Wednesday in the defamation case filed by network France-2.
The footage broadcast on Sept. 30, 2000, showed the terrified boy, Mohammed al-Dura, and his father amid a furious exchange of fire in the Gaza Strip. It then cut to the motionless boy slumped in his father's lap. The report blamed Israeli forces for the death.
Karsenty called the verdict "outrageous." A lawyer for France-2 said it was a victory for journalists.