Welcome to the Schapelle Corby Media project. The rationale for the project and the objectives of the project are detailed on our introductory page.

The need for such an initiative is evident from even a cursory examination of the media publications and broadcasts over a number of years. Equally, serious criticism of the Australian media is now widespread and international. The YouTube film embedded on the front page for example was produced in the United Kingdom. A similar film has recently been produced in the United States.

Even Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) have commented: "The real story is how a young powerless woman is being imprisoned for a crime that she probably had nothing to do with. But the Australian media have become her persecutor"

Neither is it a question of the odd rogue article or broadcast: it has been systematic. We have seen countless examples of unsubstantiated allegations and in some cases outright lies. We have seen widescale censorship, in the form of hard news stories being completely ignored.

For any ethical journalist this is deeply disturbing. The fact that it has continued for so long reflects upon the profession as a whole.

The project will investigate and examine all aspects of this. It will probe the origins, explore the nature of editorial policy, examine the role and motives of individual scribes, and expose many of the specific smears and abuses.

It will seek and expose truth: truth being a pre-requisite to even begin to address this sorry situation. The project is essentially a service to journalism itself.

Tranche 1:
Fairfax Media Limited, News Corporation, AAP, Seven Network, Nine Network, ABC, Ten Network.

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It is impossible to undo the damage caused by the media to the welfare of Schapelle Corby and her family. However, whilst we seek through this project to roll back some of the damage caused to Australian journalism, it would be remiss not to consider the situation of Ms Corby herself.

To a tiny degree this project assists, by reporting the truth and openly discussing the almost unparalleled unethical journalism in play. But surely active journalists in the field can make a bigger difference.

But how, other than reporting fairly and truthfully, and perhaps reporting on the issues raised by this project? This specific article has been posted to solicit your ideas and suggestions.

If you have any ideas with respect to this aspect, please do comment below, or send an email to me.




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