Anglia Ruskin hosts public lecture by Christopher Jefferies

Published: 12 July 2014 at 15:15

Christopher Jefferies

Man wrongly arrested for the murder presents talk for Criminology students and staff

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On 25 March our Criminology pathway, supported by Cambridgeshire County Council's 'Safer Communities Partnership', hosted a public lecture by Christopher Jefferies (pictured, right, during the lecture), the man wrongly arrested for the murder of landscape architect Joanna Yeates in 2010.

The lecture, entitled 'Police and the Press: Too Close for Comfort?', was organised by Dr Natalie Mann (Criminology), with the aim of providing a unique opportunity for the audience to learn about the real 'Mr Jefferies', as opposed to the strange and peculiar recluse the tabloid press so vehemently promoted during the aftermath of Joanna's death.

Jefferies captivated the near 200-strong audience with his discussions of current media ethics and the debased entertainment they produce in the name of journalism. Arguing that the 'cosy' relationship between the police and the press, which was so well documented by the Leveson Inquiry, creates the potential for miscarriages of justice, Jefferies provided an informative yet engaging insight into the current climate of 'off the record' media briefings and media-influenced policing.

The lecture ended with rapturous applause from the audience, which was made up of students, staff and members of the public, and an opportunity for them to ask questions. It was here that Jefferies happily discussed issues more directly related to his ordeal and even revealed details of the forthcoming ITV drama The Lost Honour, which documents his story.

The lecture was a huge success - many thanks to all those who attended.

For further information please contact Dr Natalie Mann.