Choose life.
About Me
My blogger profile
below poverty line student
dream job:
poverty line journalist
all sports


April 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005

General Interest Links
Bible Gateway
CIA World Factbook
IMDb - Movies
EVERYTHING about Grammar

News Links
Yahoo! News
Google News
International Herald Tribune
Yahoo! Full Kosovo News
Al Jazeera

Media Specific Links
Poynter Online
Reporters Without Borders
Press Now - SE Europe
Associated Press
B92 - Links
The Australian - Links
UQ School of Journalism

Syndicate this blog
RSS/XML site feed

Add to MyYahoo! Subscribe in NewsGator Online Subscribe in Rojo

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Return to Top

Image hosted by

The Earley Edition has officially moved to My dot com, that is. Thanks for joining me.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Schapelle Corby introduction

Where to begin? I only have about ten minutes to write this post, so excuse it's its initial lack of content. I may update later, but not that likely, really.

For those who don't know, Schapelle Corby is an Australian tourist who was arrested in Bali sometime last year with 4.1 kilograms of marijuana stuffed into her boogie-board bag. She claims she didn't put it there. Even the prosecution has recommended life imprisonment rather than the death sentence she could receive, but it's up to the judges who will decide sometime next week. If you didn't get that, the trial and everything is taking place in Indonesia, and she's been in an Indonesian jail the whole time. I realise any Australian reading this will know that, but just to inform the uninformed.

Recently some Qantas baggage handlers were found to have been operating a drug smuggling operation using luggage. Their arrest (if it was that, I'm not too sure off the top of my head) was for cocaine smuggling, and happened on the same day as Schapelle Corby's flight. Fairly strong circumstantial evidence to support her claim that she did not put the stuff in her bag.

Alright, now that you have a brief background, I've taken up my ten minutes to write this, and have to go play soccer.

The point that I want to get into is how the media has handled this, PARTICULARLY in the week, and weekend (Australian), leading up to the final decision by the Indonesian judges. I think it's ethically wrong because the way it's being covered is I think entirely sales-driven, when what they're doing could have a direct impact on this person's life.

Okay, some quick links. Hopefully I'll be able to expand that last paragraph if I have time, because that's what I want to critique, media coverage.

Simple Google News "Schapelle Corby" search

Wikipedia entry for Schapelle Corby

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/21/2005 01:12:00 pm || || Return to Top