Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Media Justice on Trial in Philadelphia - the Duel of Two Films About Mumia Abu-Jamal

JUSTICE ON TRIAL - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal from Big Noise Films on Vimeo.

A new film, entitled "The Barrel of a Gun" was unveiled in Philadelphia on September 21. The film is officially endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and "Murdered by Mumia" authors Michael Smerconish and Maureen Faulkner, and based on the two trailers that have been released and public statements by the filmmaker, Tigre Hill, that he believes death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal is unequivocally guilty, we can safely expect that the film will be biased against Abu-Jamal, as is the case with the majority of mainstream media coverage about Abu-Jamal, particularly so in Philadelphia.

Supporters of Abu-Jamal mobilized to confront Hill's film. This film can be particularly dangerous now because of Abu-Jamal's current legal situation, where the death penalty may be reinstated by the US Third Circuit Court. In response, Journalists for Mumia has just published the latest issue of our newspaper (viewable here), where we confront Hill by laying out evidence of innocence and why Mumia's trial was unfair.

Read the full article, co-written with German author Michael Schiffmann, published by Truthout, here.