Sunday, April 25, 2010

Schapelle Corby - Media Vultures, you're now on notice

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 . . .

1. Report and interpret honestly, striving for accuracy, fairness and disclosure of all essential facts. Do not suppress relevant available facts, or give distorting emphasis. Do your utmost to give a fair opportunity for reply.

And first off the block for this formal complaint-making is Sydney Morning Herald journalist Andrew Hornery, for this recent piece. No doubt there will be more, such as a formal complaint against ABC Lateline journalist John Stewart, for his gutter journalism.