Mumia Abu Jamal: Trial By Media

August 01, 2000

The case of Mumia Abu Jamal is known around the country. What a short time ago was an issue of just activist communities is increasingly being picked up and pursued by the corporate press. Time magazine, The New York Times and 20-20 are some of the main media outlets that have recently given feature length coverage to Mumia’s case. His innocence or guilt is hotly debated as is the fairness of his trial and the larger issue of the death penalty. And they all seem to agree that justice has been served in the case of Mumia Abu Jamal. Interestingly, the Independent Media Center here in Philadelphia from where we are broadcasting is just around the corner from where officer Faulkner was shot.


  • Amy interviews Sam Donaldson of 20/20 at the Republican National Convention about his coverage of Mumia’s case.


  • Steve Lopez, a Senior Writer at Time magazine who recently published an article on Mumia.
  • Pat Clark, the National Director of the Criminal Justice Project of the American Friends Society.
  • Clark Kissinger, with the organization REFUSE AND RESIST