Amanda Knox was sensationally freed from prison yesterday after the Italian authorities cleared the American of murdering her British housemate in a brutal sexual assault. Knox left jail less than two hours after her innocent verdict was released and she is presumed to be en route back to the United States of America. What is nearly as incredible as the u-turn by the Perugian courthouse is the publishing of false materials by the Daily Mail.
As you guys are well aware, Young Academic is the ultimate source of education news in the United Kingdom, but we felt compelled to tell you guys about a gross act of awful journalese by usual culprits, the Daily Mail.
First of all, the tabloid published the following story on their website, falsely stating that Amanda Knox had in fact been found guilty and would be serving the remaining 22 years of her 26 year sentence. Now lets not for a minute think that papers should not have two stories ready for news item such as this, but notice just how much of the following piece is untrue. Blatant conjecture and ultimately pure rubbish. This actually went live and was available in Google News last night.
“Prosecutors were delighted with the verdict and said that ‘justice has been done’ although they said on a ‘human factor it was sad two young people would be spending years in jail’.”
“As Knox realized the enormity of what judge Hellman was saying she sank into her chair sobbing uncontrollably while her family and friends hugged each other in tears. A few feet away Meredith’s mother Arline, her sister Stephanie and brother Lyle, who had flown in especially for the verdict remained expressionless, staring straight ahead, glancing over just once at the distraught Knox family.”
Young Academic challenge any readers out there to find any accurate information in that piece whatsoever. If the job of a journalist is to bring the public the news, the the Daily Mail are surely failing miserably.
However, credit must be given where it is due and the Daily Mail did go on to replace the piece with the correct story – just how many people read the wrong article only they (and Google) will know. Read on below, or alternatively click here for a comprehensive report.