LM DEMANDS THAT ITN NEWS TEAM IS STRIPPED OF AWARDSLM PRESS RELEASE
The following press release was issued by LM magazine yesterday morning
00:01 MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY 1997
LM DEMANDS THAT ITN NEWS TEAM IS STRIPPED OF AWARDS
LM magazine today demands that the ITN news team is stripped of its BAFTA and its Royal Television Society Award, both awarded in 1993 for its world famous report from Bosnia, first broadcast on 6 August 1992. LM makes the same request of Broadcast magazine and two international award bodies.
A recent investigation by German journalist Thomas Deichmann, published in the February 1997 issue of LM magazine, raises vital questions about the way in which the ITN team's images of Trnopolje camp were produced and interpreted. The unedited rushes shot by the ITN team on 5 August 1992 reveal that the famous pictures of Bosnian Muslims apparently caged behind a barbed wire fence are not all that they seem. The whole truth behind these dramatic, multiple award-winning images has never been told by the journalists involved, or by ITN.
The revelations published in LM magazine highlight important issues concerning journalistic standards and the responsibilities of war reporters. In the light of Thomas Deichmann's investigation, the bodies concerned should reconsider the awarding of their coveted prizes to the ITN reports.
For further information or comment contact:
Jan Macvarish, LM Press Officer