Australian Media Condemned Over Schapelle Corby

Created: Tuesday, 07 October 2008 Written by Unregistered Corresp
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Just days before Schapelle Corby begins her 5th year in a third world prison cell, an independent film has today been released which condemns Australia's media over their long term reporting of the case. In 2005, Schapelle Corby was sentenced to an unprecedented 20 years in an Indonesian prison cell, for alleged importation of marijuana, following o­ne of the most harrowing show trials of modern times. As a recap, the film cites many of the major holes of the case, including the refusal to test the drugs for country of origin, the subsequent burning of the untested drugs, and the much lesser value of the drugs in Indonesia than in Australia.The main body of the film, though highlights the Australian government's position in terms of its strategic relationship with Indonesia, and identifies a six step opinion management process intended to influence public opinion against her. The specific steps range from the repeated use of the term "Convicted drug smuggler, Schapelle Corby" to "constant and unsubstantiated smear and innuendo against her and her family". It further alleges the marginalization of the reporting of real events and news, and the systematic shifting of focus from legal and human rights abuses.The producers of the film state: "Some of the worst excesses in Australian journalistic history have been evident with this case. Stories have been fabricated, and legally shown to have been fabricated. Opinion has been presented as fact, and real facts have been buried. The Australian public have had a false picture pulled over their eyes, to blind them from what they had actually seen for themselves.""The real news is the show trial, the breaching of Schapelle Corby's legal and human rights, and her appalling conditions and suffering over the last four years. But when was any of this last reported? "The movie also quotes the CLA (Civil Liberties Australia), who recently accused the media of becoming her persecutor, and the FPSS (Foreign Prisoner Support Service), who allege media victimization.The video, is titled 'Burying the Truth, Burying Schapelle Corby'. It can be viewed o­n YouTube. It is also available via Schapelle.Net ABOUT THE PRODUCERSThis is the second film o­n the Schapelle Corby case from the same independent UK based production team, which promises further releases in the future.