The Press Complaints Commission has upheld a complaint against the Daily Mail for publishing the incorrect verdict in the Amanda Knox case. The Mail's website reported that Knox has lost her appeal against her conviction for murdering Meredith Kercher when, in fact, she had been successful. The article, published on 3 October, was live for 90 seconds, after which it was replaced with an article reporting the correct outcome. In addition to the main thrust of the complaint - which concerned accuracy - the complainants were also concerned about additional elements of the reporting. These included quotes attributed to the prosecutors apparently reacting to the guilty verdict, and the description of the reaction in the courtroom to the news, stating that Knox "sank into her chair sobbing uncontrollably while her family and friends hugged each other in tears".. It further stated that the family of Meredith Kercher "remained expressionless, staring straight ahead, glancing over just once at the distraught Knox family". The newspaper apologised for the mistake. It said that it was standard practice in such high-profile cases for two alternative stories plus supporting quotes to be prepared in advance, and cited the fact that other news outlets had also initially published the wrong verdict due to some confusion in the courtroom.
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The Daily Mail has been forced to issue a fresh apology after being censured by the Press Complaints Commission for publishing a fictitious story on the Amanda Knox trial online. The fake story stated that Knox had lost an appeal against her conviction for murdering British student Meredith Kercher — when in fact she had won. Acknowledging its errors the Mail claimed that it was standard practice to prepare two alternative stories in high profile cases to be prepared in advance and courtroom confusion had led to the wrong angle being picked.