trial by the media

trial by the media

A situation in which a person's guilt is decided by the population at large due to negative coverage by the media. Also phrased as "trial by television." While the stories about the former CEO are all horrifying, right now they are just that: stories. We cannot allow trial by the media to become the new means by which to condemn our citizens, who still enjoy the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.
See also: by, media, trial
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Australia did not shy away from criticizing Sri Lanka's human rights record, but they did so within the confines of bi lateral engagement and not through a trial by the media.
I now simply ask that the courtesy which has been extended to me and my family during this trial by the media, will be maintained and the privacy of my family which has been intruded on over the past six years will now cease.
Pardew has faced trial by the media during the aftermath of the incident at the KC Stadium.
We reiterate that we abide by the law but doctors should not be put on trial by the media," said Abu Sharaf, in reference to several reports by local television station MTV.
After that public trial by the media, even if the courts fail to find evidence against the individual, the individual remains "tainted" in the public eye and can never again fully regain his/her standing.
But before the walkout, he told H EADLINES T ODAY he does not want another trial by the media.
Stereoscopic 3D is set to migrate from the cinemas to homes with the start of a one-year 3D TV trial by the Media Development Authority of Singapore.
He also advised that correspondents should avoid trial by the Media as every accused is presumed to be innocent unless proved guilty by the court and said the trial by media may affect the perception of judiciary about the accused.
Surely, by that criteria the actions of 9/11 and 7/7 were also acts of minorities, yet the entire Muslim population has been placed on trial by the media.
In our society, allegations that a person has committed a crime are decided after trial by the jury and not trial by the media.
It is becoming a trial by the media and that deeply worries me.
After trial by jury now comes trial by the media - and the speculation as to what happens next in the strange world of Michael Jackson.
It is fanning the flames of trial by the media and is prejudicial to achieving the rigorous but balanced and impartial investigation which the RFL is intent on conducting with the full backing of St Helens,'' saidMcManus.
We have gone past that and Louise isn't there to be put on trial by the media.
Anand, former Chief Justice of India had raised the topic of trial by the media.