The death of Jill Meagher: Crime and punishment on social media

The death of Jill Meagher: Crime and punishment on social media

Sanja Milivojevic & Alyce McGovern

Abstract

In this paper we analyse the kidnapping, rape and murder of Jill Meagher to highlight a range of issues that emerge in relation to criminalisation, crime prevention and policing strategies on social media, issues that, in our opinion, require immediate and thorough theoretical engagement. An in‐depth analysis of Jill Meagher’s case and its newsworthiness in traditional media is a challenging task that is beyond the scope of this paper. Rather, the focus for this particular paper is on the process of agenda‐building, particularly via social media, the impact of the social environment, and the capacity of ‘ordinary’ citizens to influence the agenda‐defining process. In addition, we analyse the depth of the target audience on social media, the threat of a ‘trial by social media’, and the place of social media in the context of pre‐crime and surveillance debates. Finally, we call for more audacious and critical engagement by criminologists and social scientists in addressing the challenges posed by new technologies.

Citation

Sanja Milivojevic & Alyce McGovern (2014). The death of Jill Meagher: Crime and punishment on social media. International journal for crime, justice and social democracy, 3(3), 22-39. Available at: http://resources.crocels.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/the-death-of-jill-meagher-crime-and-punishment.pdf

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