Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised the ABC for its failure to take Australia’s side in its coverage of the Schapelle Corby case.
Mr Abbott singled out the ABC after Indonesia’s justice minister announced that Ms Corby, who has been in a Bali prison since 2005, would be released on parole.
“I think it dismays Australians when the national broadcaster appears to take everyone’s side but its own,” said the Prime Minister.
“If Schapelle says the drugs weren’t hers then the ABC should give her the benefit of the doubt.”
Mr Abbott said the ABC’s use of the term “inmate” to describe Ms Corby, rather than “the People’s Princess”, conveyed a strong anti-Australian bias. He also said that the phrase “found guilty by an Indonesian court” could be considered offensive and that “jailed for a crime she didn’t commit” better reflected the sentiments of most Australians.
The Prime Minister welcomed the announcement of Ms Corby’s parole, saying that a prison term should never have been enforced in the first place.
“If I were the Indonesian President, I’d be turning away people I don’t want in my country, not locking them up for ten years.”
Mr Abbott added that if he were the Indonesian President, he would also be telling everyone that the Coalition government in Australia is the best in the world.
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