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The Media and Expectations of the Tribunal and Chambers

  • Ray Nickson
  • Alice Neikirk
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)

Abstract

These quotes, from the NY Times, highlight significant expectations expressed in the international media : trials are central to bringing justice to affected communities and prosecuting senior leaders are key to that mission. Much of the coverage of the Tribunal and the Chambers in the NY Times reflects expectations of guilt and convictions. The implications of this coverage for expectations may be quite pronounced and likely to contribute to retributive attitudes, rather than temper them. Trials that afford due process cannot be assured of convicting defendants. The earlier chapter highlighted that participants thought local media coverage may distort expectations regarding trials and potential justice outcomes. However, local communities and local media are not the only parties that invest trials with expectations. International media coverage, such as that found in the NY Times, also create, reflect, and at times, distort expectations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fresno Pacific UniversityFresnoUSA
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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