Jefferies' reputation tainted 'shamelessly'

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Christopher Jefferies, innocent but accused of murder and arrested, was set free from all allegations towards him regarding Joanna Yeates' murder. Though declared innocent, Jefferies' name and reputation continued to be slandered by the media. Rather than being treated as an innocent man, Jefferies said tabloid newspapers had already decided he was guilty.

"They embarked on a frenzied campaign to blacken my character by publishing a series of very serious allegations about me which were completely untrue," said the former teacher.

It seemed that tabloid newspapers determination to ruin Jefferies' reputation were reinforced when new allegations and implications were put forward, "There was another suggestion that I was a bisexual. The press were trying to have it every possible way," he said.

Since this constant harassment and attack on every aspect of his life, Jefferies' was left defeated, his reputation ruined. "The national media shamelessly vilified me. The UK press set about what can only be described as a witch hunt," he said. The behaviour of the press is called into question, when they set out against an innocent man determined to convince the public of his guilt; the inquiry continues.

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