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Amanda Knox

October 1, 2011 by staff 

Amanda KnoxAmanda Knox, Inside the courthouse, dozens of cameramen, photographers and reporters elbow their way around to get the best view of Amanda Knox. Outside, TV satellite trucks line the cobblestone streets of this city in central Italy.

The media have fallen in Perugia percent to cover the expected verdict in the appeal trial of Knox, the photogenic young American convicted of murdering her British partner. Tweet them away in the courthouse, run to obtain the latest soundbites by lawyers, and the participation of the meeting places of the Knox family for interviews.

Their presence is evident in the elegant Corso Vannucci, where residents sip coffee or taste the famous chocolate town. Local newspapers regularly report on the major networks comes to town, and even the presiding judge had to respond to requests for television for live coverage of the ruling, expected on Monday.

“During the break, the interviews to the media about the media the media …”, wrote Barbie Nadeau, an American journalist based in Rome Italy covers of Newsweek and The Daily Beast. “This trial is not about the murder of Meredith Kercher, it’s about the shape of the roof.”

The case has caused some 20 books, with at least one coming out next month, thousands of articles, a TV movie, and at least one movie – based on “Angel Face” Nadeau own book – in development starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth.

With young, attractive defendants, a brutal murder and tales of sex and drugs, the case immediately captivated audiences worldwide. Kercher’s body was found in the home she shared with Knox on November 2, 2007, Knox and her co-defendant and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were arrested four days later.

Currently, there are 412 journalists accredited to the court in Perugia, many of the shots of American, British and Italian news – the nations that have followed the case closely. However, the representatives of the Dutch media, French and German are also present.

Knox has commanded most attention, her face adorned the covers of magazines, her life the subject of numerous reports, beauty always tested in court. Knox family has been doggedly filing her case in front of the cameras, and Knox is expected to briefly address the court when the trial resumes on Monday.

“The relationship of tension of the media to the importance of the news of this case is completely out of line,” said Nadeau. For many people, he said, with each trial hearing “was almost as tuned for the next episode of a reality show.”

“Many people just got their weekly fix Knox and we, the media, kept alive,” said Nadeau.

Following the massacre, the cameras kept showing pictures of Knox and Sollecito hugging and kissing outside the crime scene and police inspection of the house. The newspapers were filled with reports of early life outside the control of foreign students in Perugia, a university town about 110 miles (180 kilometers) north of Rome.

The role of media has been so important that all parties discuss in their final arguments. Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini has lamented what he said was interference by media and an increasingly strong campaign in support of Knox. Defense attorneys said Knox had been unfairly portrayed.

The media are feverishly making plans in case of acquittal, cameramen and photographers were placed in jail Capanne where Knox has been carried out, and speculation about who will get the first interview with Knox is very common.

When not working, journalists filled the city’s restaurants and cafes as favorite hangout Bottega del Vino, a cozy bar and a restaurant.

“At their tables, journalists are still talking about it,” said Luigi Alfano, director of the restaurant. “They all have their ideas, and stick to them.”

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