SMH columnist Miranda Devine hits back at critics of her conduct in Bali:
the collective is up to their old trick of repeating a lie in the hope
it will become the truth, accusing me of denying things I’ve never
denied and using mock outrage about ethics as a cover for anonymous
Again your informants are wrong. I did not get into
the Bali court by pretending to be a friend of Schapelle’s. As I said
in my previous email, while we were waiting outside the courtroom,
Indonesian officials asked for any relatives to come forward so they
could get in first. I asked whether friends could get in early too and
was told no. That was the end of it but, frankly, if that had been my
only chance to get into the court I would have taken it.
happened, it wasn’t necessary. A few minutes later officials opened the
doors to journalists and I entered with the first group which included
Sian Powell (The Australian), Cindy Wockner (Daily Telegraph),
Vesna Nazor (SBS), Mike Hedge (Melbourne AAP) and others, including
Indonesian journalists and fixers. All we had to do was show our
passports and open our bags for inspection.
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I did not take a
seat from a family member, but deliberately sat in the third row, where
other journalists sat, so we wouldn’t be turfed out when the family
came in later and took their customary positions in the first two rows.
The decision to send me to Bali was taken by Fairfax management and
they were aware, before I left, of my visa status. [Crikey: Devine had
a tourist visa and not a journalist’s visa.]
There were other
members of the media, from a number of organisations, in Bali in a
similar position. If this is all your anonymous “ethical” informants
had to talk about that Friday night, I feel sorry for them. I was
having a much more interesting conversation over a Bintang with
Schapelle Corby’s lawyers.