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U.K. judge rules in favor of ‘Truth’

By Ali Jafar (Variety) - January 4, 2007

London — Former U.S. vice president Al Gore’s climate change doc “An Inconvenient Truth” can be screened in U.K. schools after all, a high court judge ruled Tuesday, even though it does promote “partisan political views.”

The verdict came at the close of a high court action brought by lorry driver, and part-time school board member, Stewart Brown, who had accused the film of being “politically partisan” and “sentimental.”

Speaking at the beginning of the hearing, Brown had stated his wish for “my children to have the best education possible, free from bias and political spin, and Mr Gore’s film falls far short of the standard required.”

However, Mr Justice Barton ruled that “An Inconvenient Truth” could be shown in schools as long as teachers provided a balance to the film’s message and followed updated guidelines with regards to how it could be screened.

Burton’s comments came at the end of a four-day hearing. His full and final judgement will be announced next week.

“An Inconvenient Truth” has been sent to more than 3,500 schools. The government had hoped to screen if for 11 to 14 year olds to educate them about the perils of global warming.

“With the guidance as now amended, it will not be unlawful for the film to be shown,” Burton said.