"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent." ~ Malcolm X
The hostile and propagandistic output of the Australian media, against a single young woman and her family, is without precedent in the history of Australian journalism. It has embraced smears, fabrications, outright lies, censorship, and a ruthless campaign which has systematically managed the opinion of the Australian public.
This has attracted commentary from a range of sources, for example:
THE JOURNOZ LOG
"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.
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 wide scale censorship, in the form of hard news stories being completely ignored. For any ethical journalist this is deeply disturbing."
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 Expendable Project has collected a huge library of documentation and information on these activities. A whole series of reports have been produced, and many interviews recorded. The following have been placed in the public domain:
THE PRIMARY SMEAR REPORT
In Australia, dead men cannot sue. This report demonstrates how this convenience was used to manufacture the most appalling of fabrications, and false allegations, against Schapelle Corby's deceased father.
THE DFAT NETWORK REPORT
This report demonstrates how, through DFAT, the Australian government engineered the media such that pro-Indonesian, and often Schapelle-hostile, journalists, were positioned across the nation’s major publishers and broadcasters.
THE PRISON ABUSE REPORT
Schapelle Corby's suffering in Kerobokan prison was significantly increased through the actions of the Australian media. As she sunk into severe mental illness, the media continually invaded her privacy, harassed her, supported her abuse by the prison for PR purposes, and worse. They breached her human rights on many occasions.
THE OPINION MANAGEMENT REPORT
This report examines the media landscape, with particular focus upon the role of the state owned ABC. It explores some of the approaches used to influence public opinion, and describes how the propagandistic output resulted in extremely disturbing behaviour amongst large sections of Australian society.
EXAMPLES OF BROADCASTING ABUSE
A selection of examples which illustrate some of the disturbing methods and techniques employed by the broadcasting media.
THE EXPENDABLE DOCUMENTARY
The following extract, from the Expendable documentary, explores the role of the state owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
Unfortunately, at the time of creating this web page, the situation shows no signs of abating. Output remains the same, abuse of Schapelle Corby is ongoing, and fabrications continue to be broadcast and published as credible.
The lack of plurality of media ownership, the self-interest agenda of supporting the government and commercial interests, at Schapelle Corby's expense, and the self evident imperative of aligning with previous fabrications, continues to drive a hostile agenda.
The Australian government are well aware of this situation, and continue to endorse it. The 2011/12 media enquiry, for example, carefully avoids issues relating to Schapelle Corby, and the government's regulatory agencies have even endorsed the the abuse of her human rights.
The Australian media have played, and continue to play, a central role in the wilful political sacrifice of an innocent citizen.
"I have never been so cranky. They just out and out lie. How could anyone.... how could anyone just lie like that?" ~ Schapelle Corby's Mother
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THE EXPENDABLE PROJECT Schapelle Corby: The Media