AFP Refers to Convicted Murderer Mumia as ‘Human Rights Campaigner’

Agence France-Presse, in a report on Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been on Pennsylvania's death row for over twenty-five years for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, referred to the cop killer as a "human rights campaigner." Abu-Jamal, whose birth name is Wesley Cook, had his murder conviction upheld by a panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, but the court also decided that either he must receive a life sentence, or receive a new sentencing hearing.

AFP’s headline for their report read, "US court overturns rights campaigner’s death penalty," and its opening sentence referred to "the death sentence passed against human rights campaigner Mumia Abu-Jamal." In its closing sentence, AFP referenced how Abu-Jamal "became a leading campaigner against the death penalty" while on death row.

This isn’t the first time a French organization has been sympathetic to Abu-Jamal. In 2006, the Parisian suburb of St. Denis honored the convicted murderer by naming a street in his honor. In France’s capital city itself, the city council named him a honorary citizen of the "City of Lights" in 2001.

(h/t to Ed Morissey of HotAir.com)

Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan is a news analyst at Media Research Center