On the 30 May the Telethon Kids Institute put on a free public seminar to promote vaccines. The expert panel did not provide any ‘experts’ discussing the risks of vaccination or the reason why the US government describes vaccines as “unavoidably unsafe”. The format and lack of presentation of both sides of the vaccination debate was described in my Newsletter 111 and below is my open letter to Geoff Hutchison exposing the lack of balance and misrepresentation of the public’s concerns in his ABC radio program.
To Geoff Hutchison
ABC Radio Perth 720
I am writing to you about the way in which you have misrepresented the concerned community who are questioning Australia’s vaccination policies this morning. Your show was an example of the propaganda that is being expressed in all mainstream Australian media about vaccines and the people who are questioning these policies.
Therefore I have copied this letter to the Human Rights Commissioner, Gillian Triggs, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, Paul Wellings and other academics who have observed the way in which journalists, have been misrepresenting my research with false and misleading information. As an investigative journalist you are required to look at the evidence on both sides of this medical issue, medical evidence needs to stand up to scrutiny, and our health depends upon this.
Your article presented incorrect information. We are not a ‘handful of anti-vaxers’ presenting as ‘pseudo-scientific academics’. Many of us have previously attended these forums but, like your presentation of this event today, they do not include a balanced panel of experts or allow any debate of the issues. This is not acceptable as it is the educated parents who a choosing not to use many of the vaccines.
If you consider yourself to be a good journalist, I would like to request that you ask Jonathon Carapetis, director of the Telethon Kids Institute, to answer the question that I asked at the public forum, presented in the newsletter below. This question was not answered by the expert panel and yet it is critical to the human rights and health of all Australians.
Please be advised that this is an open letter and I will be copying it to my global contacts who are also expecting an answer to the question in this newsletter. I hope that you will reply soon so I can forward your response to the concerned community (thousands more than a handful of people) and publish it on my website.
Dr. Judy Wilyman