Once accused of brutally murdering her roommate, the exonerated journalist has called for an end to "irresponsible media." Her case gained widespread notoriety, partly due to the media frenzy surrounding her trial.
Knox and her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, were charged with the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in the Italian city of Perugia. Her case gained widespread notoriety with lurid headlines that included such phrases as "Foxy Knoxy."
"In the court of public opinion, you are not a person, you are an object to consume," Knox said during a panel entitled "Trial by Media." "I had no doubt my innocence would save me. But my innocence didn't save me, because the media created a version of me that did not fit with that story. And people loved their story."
"While on trial for a murder I didn't commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale, and the media profited for years by sensationalizing an already sensational and utterly unjustified story," Knox wrote. "It's on us to stop making and stop consuming such irresponsible media."
An Ivorian man who long resided in Perugia was found guilty of the murder in 2008. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison after exhausting the appeals process.
In the run-up to Knox's participation at the Criminal Justice Festival in Modena, a lawyer representing Kercher's family told The Associated Press that "inviting her to a technical panel on justice was a mistake."