Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Schapelle Corby - A Formal Complaint to The Australian Press Council, Re The Sydney Morning Herald

Dear Jack,

This is a formal complaint.  Please treat it as such.

I wish to complain about this Sydney Morning Herald article of 23 May 2012, under this section of your principles:
General Principle 1: Accurate, fair and balanced reporting - Publications should take reasonable steps to ensure reports are accurate, fair and balanced. They should not deliberately mislead or misinform readers either by omission or commission.
As is blatantly obvious from this 10 News clip of 23 May 2012 (referencing exactly the comments from Schapelle's mother), she clearly spoke out about The Expendable Project.  That's huge news, a huge development, and an integral part of what The Sydney Morning Herald should (also), have reported to its readers.  It didn't.  All mention of Mrs. Rose's direct reference to The Expendable Project was scrubbed from the SMH article I am complaining about.  Can you please ensure your organisation contacts the SMH about this, and rectifies this situation as a matter of extreme urgency.

Regards, Kim

PS - For your information, a formal complaint has also been also lodged with SBS, re the same matter.  Screen grab here, and in full here: (addit: current screen grab of their Facebook page here)
Please note my current formal complaint to The Australian Press Council (24 May 2012), re The Sydney Morning Herald: 
. . . which also pertains (exactly), to your reporting of the same matter. I note you have also failed to mention Mrs. Rose's direct reference to The Expendable Project - and further, you have never provided any "Balance" to this omission "Over time," as referenced in section 2 of your Code here: 
. . . because (as far as I'm aware), you have NEVER mentioned The Expendable Project in any of your news reports. I very much look forward to your formal, written response. Regards, Kim