Be sure to watch out for ABC’s Media Watch TV show on Monday night. Judging by their below email correspondence, they plan to cover my press conference on 2nd November. Media Watch couldn’t find the press conference footage shot by ABC (which would have made a critique impossible) – so I provided it to them. I have commenced this post with the official response from SNAP to ABC Media Watch. Basically, I think this media attention is a positive thing – a sign that victims of the Australian VIP paedophile network are finally making an impact and being recognised.
– Fiona Barnett on 31/10/2015
Statement by SNAP Australia in relation to Media Watch coverage of Fiona Barnett’s revelations on 23 October, 2015.
This media conference was called by SNAP in response to Senator Heffernan revealing under parliamentary privilege that police had received information about prominent Australians committing very serious crimes against children.
Senator Heffernan put this issue on the public agenda, thereby opening a window of opportunity for survivors of these crimes to be heard.
However many in the media and social media were eager to make the issue about Senator Heffernan’s credibility, not about the widespread rape of little children committed with impunity by the most powerful in the land, or the suffering of those children.
SNAP has been approached over the years by a number of Australian survivors of an elite paedophile network, all of whom report that not only do the police force refuse to investigate these crimes, but police officers are often involved in a consistent pattern of threats and harassment to ensure these survivors remain silent out of fear of the consequences. These threats and consequences also extend to family members and supporters, including young children.
SNAP asked Fiona if she would be willing to speak to the media about her personal experience at the hands of this network, and join SNAP in calling for an investigation of these allegations.
Fiona was fully aware that by doing so she would open herself to personal attacks, to sensationalisation of her heartbreaking story, and to being dismissed as an attention seeker or unreliable witness. This is the price all survivors are forced to pay for trying to have the truth heard. I am in awe of Fiona’s courage and selflessness in exposing herself in this way, in search of justice for all survivors.
She revealed to me that the main reason she was willing and able to do this was for the little children she was forced to watch being murdered by this criminal network, who cannot speak for themselves.
Since Fiona’s story was reported in the media both she and I have been inundated with calls and emails from new survivors of this same network, most of whom have tried to have these crimes investigated, all of whom the system has failed.
I hope Media Watch’s examination of the media treatment of Fiona’s story does not lose sight of the genuine need for a criminal investigation of horrific crimes committed by those who believe themselves above the law.
I should note that many survivors have been helped by individual police officers determined to see justice done. Unfortunately in many cases, especially those involving an elite paedophile network, the investigation stalls, and the reasons given are not usually considered sufficient to halt an investigation, or are factually incorrect.
Survivors are also grateful for the media’s efforts to help us access justice, and consider sensationalising our experiences a lesser evil than covering them up.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
I recall signing authority for Victim Services to access numerous files. I don’t have those files.
I told ABC’s 4 Corners and 7.30 Report that I’m willing to do an in-depth investigative coverage of my story. I think this is the level of media inquiry needed to do my story justice.
From: Sally Virgoe
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 3:19 PM
To: Fiona Barnett
Subject: RE: Your emailed request
Thanks for your emails. The information (and access to the press conference footage) is much appreciated. But can we please clarify a couple of things?
You say that the hunting party story was accepted by NSW Victims of Crime. I note that one of your articles in Independent Australia contains a page of one of their documents, which refers to your case:https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/antony-kidman-dies-amidst-child-abuse-allegations,6918
Para 10 of that document refers to ‘a sexual assault, committed by the alleged offender at various locations in NSW’ between Jan 1974 and December 1985. Para 13 says they have obtained medical evidence from ‘hospitals interstate’ which ‘indicate the reporting of the above incidents to medical professionals’.
Do you have a copy of your original complaint, which detailed the assaults and identified the offender? And do you also have details from the medical records that show incidents of assault were reported at the time? Or were these assaults reported around when you were diagnosed in Perth as suffering from PTSD?
Do you have any other evidence that the hunting party story was accepted by NSW Victims of Crime?
Is there any other evidence you provided to the media that you’d like us to see?
Sally Virgoe – Media Watch
From: Fiona Barnett
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 1:42 PM
To: Sally Virgoe
Subject: Your emailed request
Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
There is truth to the hunting party story. I provided an account of this to a psychologist named Philippa Kelly in 2008. She in turn encouraged me to notify police. Consequently, I reported the incident, along with other crimes, to Detective Justin Hadley who was at the time in charge of the St Stanislaus College / Bathurst paedophile ring investigation. In 2013, I included this incident in my Royal Commission statement, and we discussed this in person during my subsequent private session. In 2014, on the balance of probabilities, and having examined the documentary evidence, NSW Victims Services of the Attorney General’s office concluded that this hunting party incident did indeed occur.
My personal account of the hunting party incident was provided on 27 October 2015 during an interview with UK’s most popular alternative media presenter, Richie Allen. The recording of this interview may be accessed here: http://richieallen.podomatic.com/entry/2015-10-27T15_30_16-07_00
I spoke to the press conference outside the Royal Commission building at the request of SNAP and in direct response to Heffernan having publicly referenced what sounded like the information I provided NSW and Federal police. As a victim of crime, it was a shock to hear my personal information published without prior consulting or warning, and it left me mildly traumatised. I was immediately inundated with phone calls and emails from those familiar with my story, including the press.
I have been reporting the crimes committed by VIP paedophiles including a NSW Police Commissioner, for many years. Not surprisingly, NSW Police have demonstrated a reluctance to investigate my allegations. I therefore appealed to the ‘Fourth Estate’, as victims do when all other avenues of justice fail them. I am appreciative of the main stream media’s efforts to bring attention to the plight of the voiceless mass of victims of the Australian VIP child sex trafficking network.
The media were provided with evidence supporting my allegations and attempts to report the crimes I witnessed. I encouraged the media to not believe my claims at face value, nor to immediately dismiss them – but to indulge in a little investigative journalism. I urged them not to focus on me or the names I knew. I told them not to be intimidated by the media moguls involved in the paedophile ring network, and to resist being pressured by their superiors to can my story.
My motivation in all of this is to provide a voice for those victims who are too fragile, disabled or dead to speak for themselves. I trust you will support them too.
From: [email protected]
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:14:42 +1100
Subject: Email to Fiona Barnett from ABC TV’s Media Watch program
I work on ABC TV’s Media Watch program and we’re interested in the coverage you received last week, following the press conference you gave about a VIP pedophile network and child sex abuse.
In researching this story, we’ve come across an account of alleged testimony you gave about what happened at your sixth birthday party in a Kiama rainforest, where your drink was spiked & you woke tied to a table. There was a pack of Doberman dogs there and other naked children as well. The horrifying story continues with the children (including yourself) made to run, and the children you failed to hide were shot by perpetrators with guns.
You’ve stated on Independent Australia that a distorted version of your testimony went viral, with a link through to the story that contains the account above. This is that storyhttp://www.neonnettle.com/news/1081-nicole-kidman-s-dad-dies-amid-aussie-paedophile-ring-scandal
Do you stand by that account of what happened in the Kiama rainforest? Where and when did you give that testimony?
If you can provide some information in relation to this email by 6pm tomorrow, we’d appreciate it.