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RE: [casi] Why We Are Winning in Iraq

Dear List,

Perhaps “seekers after the truth”, should “try this
report for reliability.”

This one was caught lying. How many more are there
still unexposed??


UK Sky Journalist Who Faked Report Found Dead
Mon October 6, 2003 02:38 PM ET

By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) - A British television journalist who
has been found dead was devastated by his resignation
from Sky News channel after being accused of faking a
report during the Iraq war, his wife said on Monday.

The body of 44-year-old James Forlong was found by his
wife Elaine at their home in Hove, southeast England
early on Saturday. A police spokeswoman said there
were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the

"James had been shattered by the recent blow to his
career as a journalist. He deeply felt the loss of his
job as a television correspondent," his wife Elaine
said in a statement.

"James was an award-winning journalist who had spent
the last 10 years traveling to some of the world's
worst trouble spots including Rwanda, Bosnia,
Indonesia and Afghanistan and cared passionately about
his work," she said, adding that the family was

Sky expressed its deepest sympathies.

"This is a terrible personal tragedy and a shocking
blow for James' family. Everyone here sends their
deepest sympathies to his wife and children," Nick
Pollard, head of Sky News, said in a statement.

Forlong resigned from Sky in July after he was found
to have produced a faked report from a British Royal
Navy submarine during the conflict.

David Mannion, Head of ITV News, praised Forlong as a
decent man who made just one mistake.

"He made one mistake and he clearly could not cope
with the fall-out but we should all remember James for
what he was -- an honest, decent man and a fine
journalist who loved his work and took great pride in
what he had achieved over many years. He was right to
be proud."

The journalist's death echoes that of British
government weapons inspector David Kelly, who killed
himself in July after becoming enmeshed in a furious
row between the government and the BBC over the Iraq

The faked report purported to show the preparation and
firing of a cruise missile from HMS Splendid. But a
BBC documentary crew filming at the same time said it
had been specially staged for the benefit of Sky's
camera and that no missile was actually fired.

Forlong, who worked for Sky for 10 years, said at the
time that the faked report was "a single lapse of
judgment which for me is a deep source of regret."

Sky, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp group, said
when Forlong resigned that his report had been
unacceptable to a news operation which had built a
"proud reputation for accuracy and integrity."

Forlong's journalistic career began with local
newspapers in southern England followed by radio
reporting at the BBC. In 1988 he made the shift to
television, becoming an ITN news correspondent
reporting from Somalia, Syria, Lebanon and Bosnia.

Forlong joined Sky in 1993 as a senior foreign
correspondent at the opening of the broadcaster's
South Africa bureau.

While in Africa, Forlong reported on the 1994 war and
genocide in Rwanda, traveling with the rebel Rwandan
Patriotic Front and witnessing the siege of Kigali and
the fall of the former government. He won two awards
from the New York television festival for his coverage
in Rwanda.

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