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Journalists are bestowed with titles to the tune of “Watchdogs of Society”, “The fourth Estate” and are easily one of the primary facets of Democracy. While it is true that they provide the Mango Man with a voice at a national plaform, there have been times when they have turned against the very ones they are responsible to. Here are a few cases of lives the media has ruined by excessive and exaggrated reporting of criminal trials, getting social media on board as well: 1) Amanda Knox: In 2007, Knox was charged with the murder of her roommate in Italy, where the two young women were studying and shared a house with 2 others. The roommate, Meredith Kercher was found dead with three cut marks on her throat and signs of sexual assault on her body. Even before trials were started, the Italian media painted Knox in a negative light in what many have termed a “Character Assasination.” British tabloids and American news agenceis soon joined the media circus. The result of this was a polarised image of Knox. While some media houses painted her as a cold hearted, manupulative nymphomaniac, others potrayed her as a warm hearted and concerned friend, shattered over the loss of her roommate. When the criminal trial was ongoing, there was a parallel trial by media on Twitter. She was named “Foxy Knoxy” by media. To the British media she was a manipulator who used sex, while in the American media there was a PR firm and her family to closely manage her public image! Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, but she was released after serving 4 years.
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