For too long, the Australian media has had it their own way re Schapelle. They've got away with abuse after abuse, but no more. From now on, each smear will result in a formal complaint to the Media Alliance, via their advertised process, based on their Code of Ethics
First off is the media penchant for labelling Schapelle a "Convicted Drug Smuggler," which gives the false impression she was found guilty of this crime in a legitimate and lawful court, and . . .
- Fails to say that the process under which she was "Convicted" not only breached Australian law (bottom of 2nd para), it also breached Indonesian law.
- Fails to mention that the Australian police negligently carried out NO investigation of Schapelle's alleged "Crimes," despite the fact the "Export," "Cultivation" and "Supply" of these drugs occurred in THIS country.
- Fails to mention that the Australian Police, when very recently confronted with their gross failure and negligence in this case, have failed to respond or provide an explanation.
- Fails to mention that every shred of pertinent evidence Schapelle begged for was denied to her.
Thus calling Schapelle a "Convicted Drug Smuggler" in these circumstances, and alongside these gross lies of omission, is blatant smear and distortion (overtly designed to give a false impression), and clearly contravenes point 1 of the Media Code of Ethics . . .