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Miscarriages of justice in the age of social media: the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito innocence campaign

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posted on 2016-02-04, 10:56 authored by Lieve Gies
The role of the media in exposing miscarriages of justice has not been extensively researched and even less is known about the contribution of the Internet and social media. Drawing on in-depth interviews with innocence campaigners, this article examines the social media campaign to overturn the conviction of Amanda Knox and her co-accused Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007. It explores the campaigners’ use of different media platforms. It also examines their motivations in joining and supporting the campaign and discusses the campaign’s contributions and social dynamics. Finally, it elucidates the factors that shaped supporters’ belief in the innocence of Knox and Sollecito.

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Citation

British Journal of Criminology, 2016 (Online First)

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media and Communication

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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British Journal of Criminology

issn

0007-0955

eissn

1464-3529

Acceptance date

2016-01-21

Copyright date

2016

Available date

2018-02-28

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https://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/02/28/bjc.azw017.abstract

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