Framing An Execution: The Media & Mumia Abu-Jamal (2001)

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The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist on Pennsylvania's death row in connection with the death of a police officer, had become by the late 1990s a global symbol of inequities in the U.S. judicial system. The mainstream media could no longer ignore it, but how would they cover such a hotly disputed case and the questions of judicial bias that it raises?ABC, on its newsmagazine show "20/20," set the journalistic tone for how to cover this controversial story in a special report... read more
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