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‘Daily Mail’ Jumps The Gun On Knox Verdict With Embarrassing Results [Headlines]

The Mail Online reported that Amanda Knox had lost her appeal of a murder conviction, when in fact she had won.

Amelia Riley Swan
  • 4 october 2011

The internet makes it possible to broadcast breaking news at a pace unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Unfortunately, that includes the ability to rapidly transmit reports that never should have been written, much less published. Today’s case in point: the Daily Mail‘s hasty—and largely apocryphal—report that American Amanda Knox had lost her appeal of a murder conviction, quickly captured for posterity by Malcolm Coles.

The Mail Online not only mistook the Italian court’s guilty verdict for slander as guilty of everything, it posted a story under the byline Nick Pisa purporting to detail the return journey of Knox and her ex-boyfriend to separate prisons where they would be put on suicide watch. The story also quotes “delighted” prosecutors who said “justice has been done.” Paid Content

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