Hero of free speech? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David
    • 22.02.10 | 11:06 (IST)

    Giving Bakri the award is an insult to the many people around the world who have truly been denied their right to free expression and are paying the price. Bakri produced his film without any obstacles, it was screened all over the world including Israel, it won prizes and he has never spent a day in jail. This is the greatest exemplar of free speech the organizers of this award could find? Once can only assume the award is political, i.e., another effort to demonize Israel by singling out as an enemy of free expression. It's too utterly transparent except to those who have an agenda to begin with (some of whom I see have posted comments). As to the film's "truth." Obviously truth is subject to interpretation on some level, but Bakri admits he juxtaposed footage to create facts that didn't exist (tanks running over children). He has the right to do it, although his artistic and intellectual honesty in portraying his work as a documentary is nil.

    from the article: 'Jenin, Jenin' director honored with Berlin free speech award
    First published 02:37 22.02.10 | Last updated 03:43 22.02.10
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