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Title: Miscarriages of justice in the age of social media: the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito innocence campaign
Authors: Gies, Lieve
First Published: 28-Feb-2016
Citation: British Journal of Criminology, 2016 (Online First)
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1093/bjc/azw017
ISSN: 0007-0955
eISSN: 1464-3529
Embargo on file until: 28-Feb-2018
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD). All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The version of record Br J Criminol (2016) is available online at:
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