Keeping with the hysterical media-fed reaction to the Schapelle Corby being jailed for 20 years in a Bali prison...
Anyone would think the infamous Fleet Street editors had moved to Australia to help with the media feeding frenzy and come up with tabloid headlines following the Schapelle Corby verdict. Rupert Murdochs' News Limited tabloids have been particularly sensationalist. Here are some of the headlines from The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun since Saturday:
"INSIDE CORBY'S NIGHTMARE" ... "Day of outrage to show our disgust" ... "Hellhole she'll call home for 20 years" ... "NATION'S FURY" ... "20 years in hell and prosecutors still demand life" ... "Nation's fury at sentence" ... "ALONE AND AFRAID" ... "Family fears suicide" ... "Let's hurt Bali in the pocket" ... "Indonesia must look at grotesque anomolies" ... "A NATION REVOLTS" ... "Fury erupts at Corby jail term" ... "From support to damnation" ... "Horrors await in jail hellhole" ... "Corby's ex-lover backs trade ban" ... "Australia is crying now" ... "Share of hell in grotty cell" ... "Embassy phones run hot with hate" ... 'DAYS OF HATE" ... "Cellmates 'are giving her hell'" ... "National donations backlash"
Over the top headlines like that might sell papers, but they are also proving to be headlines have the capacity to incite readers and fuel something much bigger – like demonstrations, retribution and hatred towards Indonesia.
Now what does that achieve? An intelligent answer was forthcoming from the guys at Crikey (sub req):
"(The media reaction) achieves only two things: more circulation for newpapers and the end of a workable Australian relationship with Indonesia (and possibly other Asian countries)."
Agreed. Hysterical headlines and stories like these have nothing to do with press freedom or editorial independence, and it is time draw your weapons people.