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.

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Monday, February 16, 2009


The name of Australian journalism is dragged through the gutter and the profession of journalism is justifiably castigated all too often. But why? Generally, because some people who call themselves journalists throw ethics and integrity out of the window without even a passing thought for the implications: sometimes even when those implications include a significant contribution to human suffering.

This is particularly moot with respect to the Schapelle Corby case. Worse still, in this case it has happened over a prolonged period of years.

Equally, influence on public opinion via the media within a society is sometimes so unsophisticated and unremitting that it becomes visible outside that society. This to some degree has also transpired here.

As a result Australian journalism has been accused, and its international reputation has been tarnished. This should surely be of concern to every journalist.

The process to address this situation is clearly to identify, to correct, and ultimately to learn from the abuses which have occurred. This project is intended to be a tiny step to this end in a generic sense, but via focus upon this particular case.

Our Schapelle Corby project was on the cards long before this film emerged. The unethical journalism and the unsubstantiated smears have been obvious to most thinking journalists for years. The film though, which can be viewed below, crystallized some of the issues fairly well:

The 'six step process' it describes will be familiar in many ways to most journalists and media watchers:
    1. Shift focus from the facts... from what people have seen. Stop reporting it. Move the agenda away from it.
    EFFECT: Reporting bogus irrelevant stories creates distance between now, and then, in the public mind.

    2. Routinely refer to her as "Convicted drug smuggler, Schapelle Corby"... as though the wholly discredited show trial had some sort of credibility.
    EFFECT: This connotation invokes powerful negative imagery in the public mind, re-enfoced consistently by repetition.

    3. Invent stories and present doubt, using good old fashioned unattributed innuendo: "a source claimed that", "it is believed that", "some people allege"...
    EFFECT: The "no smoke with fire" card usually works. Fill the column inches with smoke and much of the public will believe it.

    4. Smear her family: present constant unsubstantiated allegation against Schapelle's loved ones and her deceased father, who are ill-equipped to fight back.
    EFFECT: The reliable "guilt by association" approach is surprisingly effective in clouding public vision.

    5. Publish outright fabrication. Even pay enormous sums for ridiculous 'stories' that are torn to shreds via litigation.
    EFFECT: Mission accomplished - more smoke and more shift of focus from the show trial.

    6. Marginize and bury real news, such as loss of remission, Schapelle's illnesses and lesser sentences for terrorists/muderers/etc
    EFFECT: Blinding the public from her REAL life prevents widespread sympathy developing.

These are extremely serious allegations. However, I would challenge anyone to obtain the archive of Schapelle Corby related stories and view each story one after the other, as I have done. Weigh each against proper attributable facts, and then against the above list. The objective researcher will find exactly what I did: that the allegations made by the film are broadly true. The overwhelming majority of stories over recent years fit into one or more steps in the process described.

The film also cites damning verdicts on Australian journalism by the CLA and FPSS:
    Published by Civil Liberties Australia (CLA): "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"

    The Foreign Prisoner Support Service (FPSS):"Schapelle Corby is being victimised by the Australian media. These constant attacks leave us with very little room to plead her case to anyone; and all the breaches of Indonesian and international law go unnoticed because they are overshadowed by hearsay and innuendo."
Ethical journalists should think about this very carefully, and consider the impact of this not just upon Schapelle Corby, but upon journalism in Australia. Having undertaken this exercise, I rather suspect that most will be as disturbed as I am about what has occurred.

But how has this happened? How has it been allowed to continue for so long? How orchestrated has it been? How much has the hand of government been involved? How much of the fabrication and opinion management has been down to lack of editorial control, and how much a result of editorial policy? How much has been driven by crude fiscal consideration, and how much by politics? What is the story of those who have been particularly proactive in this business? Who has been pulling the strings, where do they lead, and through whom?

After spending months researching this, I do have some answers: but only some. I have some pieces of a very large jigsaw, but not all. I am still investigating, but now, some of the investigation will be in the public domain, via this project.

The project will explore all of the questions above, and more. It will investigate editorial control, specific journalists, particular stories, government role, and financial benefits. It will seek to expose truth.

As the project develops it will continually seek feedback and information from the wider community of journalists. I know already that there are many working ethical journalists who are extremely concerned about this case: please come forward and provide information. This can be provided anonymously if you feel that it may expose you. My email address is in the right hand panel.

This project clearly isn't going to clean up Australian journalism, but it might enhance understanding of what has gone so wrong in this specific case, and thus potentially contribute to a reduction the number of future abuses. Although it is indeed a tiny step on this path, it is a long overdue step.




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 26, 2009 10:15 PM) : 

The way many journalists have behaved throughout this case is criminal. I have no doubt that their trashy tabloid reporting has impacted on Schapelle's sentence. I'd like to know why integrity gets thrown out the window when it comes to reporting on Schapelle Corby. The amount of errors and mistruths beggars belief. Surely this is all part of a wider agenda.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (August 30, 2009 7:23 PM) : 

Thank you for this project.
I'm sick of these people smashing lives into ashes and getting away with it. They take absolutely no responsibility for the lives they have destroyed and they've destroyed a lot of them.
Tks for watching out for Schapelle.
I think this page will be important to many others as well.
Bookmarked. I'm hanging around.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (November 6, 2009 1:07 AM) : 

have these mongrel journalists all forgotten the Balibo 5 and what the Indonesians did to them? any of the Journo's that push the bullshit barrow should just move to Indonesia for good as they are all maggots


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 22, 2010 8:53 PM) : 

Today's media jouralist's are commonly plagued by the same disfunctional, immoral and unethical codes of delussional psycosis as psychiatrist's. Both display the ability to become compulsive liar's when writing literature. Both become easily influenced often with conflicts of interest, especially where goverment conflict's of interest are concerned. Finding an honest customs officer or politition is like trying to find Peter-Pan. You's removed your Atorney General by vote of no confidence. The public has a bigger voice & the power in numbers.IF goverment won't listen to the wishes of public opinion, then remove them from power; by vote of no confidence.The Mr Asia syndicate was run by one of Britains top three customs officers, globally linked with other's and two Russian Mafia syndicates,responsible for a number of linked death's including two undercover officer's in 1996-7 in England.They were smugling alcohol & tobaco by truckloads from France into England through their own conveniently placed custom officer's'thereby avoiding paying the V.A.T. duty.Having made their fortune from imporing and exporting Heroin and such contraban, now legally run a massive booze import-export Barn in France.It would seem the investigation by M.I.5 Home Secureity,Australian Federal police and New-Zealand police combined' failed miserably in their combined effort's to bring justice into balance, or was this investigation swept under the carpet and covered up by the likes of New-Zealand S.I.S {secret investigation servive's}. They named me and my employers in Eng as part of the Mr Asia syndicate,allergations being a drug dealer, abuser, am a danger to public, police, carry guns and knives, and have tried jailing me 5 times unjustly in courts and 5 times in psychiatric units, using police forensic psychiatrists by which was termed unsubstantiated claims by judges and released each time. I'm constantly monitored by NZ S.I.S trying to prevent me seeking damages for libel and unjust trial of an innocent man. We hold witness statements and evidence on the Mr Asia syndicate, and who's who in it. The information has been copied, down loaded and sent to other's overseas for safety in any event."I've had enough, and know how Schapelle came to be in the predicament she's in and who's responsible "Well Schapelle' I'm going stick my neck out for you.You are a victim of corrupted greed which is why your goverment chooses to be blind to its own internal and political corruption' instead' prefering to blame others.Schapelle's Balinese trial was based on unsubstantiated claims, plagued by a malicious, predjudiced and biast judicial systym which I can only term as a monkey's court. In accordance with the Bill of Rights and United Nations Human Rights Court which is designed for such appeals, based on unjust trials of innocent victims. Nelson Mandella was one such example. Countries not complying with this courts findings' can have economic sanctions applied against that coutry until such time as it complies with the ruling of that court.The U.N-Human Rights will be your best action. "Also' U.N.H.R show an advertised listing of countries with unjust judicial systyms and performances, which is damaging to the countries profile.


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