In 1998, Carlton ITV, a major private network, broadcasted a well-publicized documentary in the UK: it presented, minute-by-minute, the transportation of large amounts of heroin, from Colombia to the West. Its reputation quickly surpassed the British borders. 14 television channels from all over the world paid dearly to buy and re-broadcast the documentary. Marc de Beaufort, the journalist-producer of the documentary, won eight international awards for his social service.
Two journalists of "The Guardian" suspected that something wasn’t quite right and spent six months investigating the issue in Europe and Colombia. The results startled even them: the film was set-up, from its start to the end. The pusher was an unemployed person who didn’t swallow heroin, but candies, while the "chief" of the cartel worked in some parking in Colombia.
The Carlton ITV channel was forced to admit the truth. De Beaufort returned the awards, and the British radio-television board undertook the case. His sentence of 2.000.000 pounds (approximately 1 billion drachmas) was the largest in the history of the British radio-television.
The sequel of the special report on television and propaganda, broadcasted on the occasion of Reportage Without Frontiers' 10 years anniversary, has Greek color. In December 1998, during the bombing of Baghdad, a man managed to deceive two major private networks: Fanis Papadakis was reporting on the events taking place in Bagdad, but in reality he was Cyprus. His real name is Fanourios Drousiotis and he told Stelios Kouloglou his story in Pafos.
The final part of the program is dedicated to one of the bigger lies in the history of Greek television. In 2001, TEMPO presented a reportage from the Taliban's Afghanistan as "world exclusive": as it turned out, it was images filmed exclusively in Pakistan. The program follows the development of the case that led to the sentence of those responsible by the Radio-Television Board, the board of directors and the disciplinary committee of the Greek Journalists' Federation, as well as tactical justice...