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Amanda Knox arrives in Italy to attend discussion on wrongful convictions

Amanda Knox arrives in Italy to attend discussion on wrongful convictions

She hosts a podcast, The Truth About True Crime, which focuses on wrongful-conviction cases, and The Scarlet Letter Reports, a collaboration between Facebook and Vice Media in which women speak to Knox about "the deeply personal journey of being sexualised, scrutinised, and demonised by the media - and how they've rebuilt their lives after their most personal details have been made public", according to a Facebook description.

Knox wrote in an article for pubished Wednesday that she was "polishing up the speech I'm about to give to a potentially hostile audience in Italy".

Knox has returned to Italy for the first time since she was convicted and imprisoned, but ultimately acquitted, for the murder and sexual assault of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in the university town of Perugia in 2007.

Knox is now planning to return to the country that hosted her own personal nightmare, but ahead of that, she explained her decision to make her Instagram public in an essay published Tuesday by Medium, where she ruminates on what it means for the details of her life to be media fodder.

"And then, of course, Netflix chose to advertise "Amanda Knox" with twin massive billboards in L.A. and NY: my face and the words "monster" on one and "victim" on the other", Knox wrote in her Medium post. She was convicted of the murder of fellow student Kercher in the Italian town of Perugia in 2007, spending four years in prison before being acquitted and released in 2011.

Knox was an American student studying overseas in Perugia in 2007 when she was accused of brutally murdering roommate Meredith Kercher, 21, who was found half-naked with her throat cut in her bedroom.

"I could not be certain that someone befriending me wasn't doing so to get to me", she said.

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The 21-year-old had been stabbed 47 times and had her throat slashed. Knox was escorted by plainclothes officers and kept her eyes down as she left the airport. She talked about the impact intense media coverage and social media amplification had on her case - and continues to have on her life.

"Responsible media must avoid this easy, reductive impulse", she continued. "I'm honored to accept their invitation to speak to the Italian people at this historic event and return to Italy for the first time".

Knox returned to Seattle after her release, where she works as a journalist and commentator.

In a post earlier this week, she said she was "feeling frayed" about the journey and encouraged herself to "hang in there!"

Knox now lives in Seattle, her hometown, where she attended the University of Washington, with her fiance Christopher Robinson, a novelist, and their two cats.

She also wrote that while she was on trial, the "prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale" and that "the media profited for years by sensationalizing an already sensational and utterly unjustified story".