Comment by our UK friend:
ITN continues to step up the pressure. What are the implications
of banning press releases? Where does that end?
Interesting that Trnopolje is a "detention camp" in this article.
Maybe it is the Press Gazette being careful.
ITN issues writ against Two-Ten over Bosnia allegations in Living Marxism
Press Gazette, 28 February 1997
By Nicola Methven
ITN has issued a writ against PR company Two-Ten Communications for
distributing a Living Marxism magazine press release last month
containing allegations about ITN's Bosnia reporting which the TV company
claims are defamatory.
In letters preceding the writ, ITN suggested that Two-Ten, which is
wholly owned by the Press Association, should pay the two ITN reporters
concerned œ5,000 each and ITN œ7,000.
LM is accusing ITN of gagging the media by threatening libel action
against it and other journalists wanting to cover the story. The action
comes after February's issue of LM ran an article by German journalist
Thomas Diechmann about ITN footage shot at Bosnian detention camp
Trnopolje in 1992.
In the March edition, out this week, LM has run a strapline under its
masthead which says: 'The mag ITN tried to gag'.
ITN has vehemently denied the allegations involving its reporters Penny
Marshall and lan Williams and has already issued a writ for libel
The magazine said it would defend the action in court and has called for
help from subscribers to raise œ100,000 to cover legal costs.