Nov
01
1995

Witness for the Prosecution

NPR Slants the Case Against Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal (cc photo: dubdem sound system)

After attacks from police groups, National Public Radio quickly backed away from its plan to air commentaries by Pennsylvania death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal, an African-American journalist, received a death sentence after being convicted in the December 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner--in a trial marred by gross procedural errors. NPR vice president Bill Buzenberg explained the 1994 decision not to air Abu-Jamal by saying it was "not appropriate to use someone in the commentator's role who is the focal point of a highly polarized and political controversy without at the same time providing the context […]