The Sunday Telegraph’s report on UM has seen the cult abandon their gentle breath meditation and crank the propaganda machine into overdrive. In house barrister, Charles Wilson, has weighed in publicly, but the best he could do was accuse News Ltd of aligning with cyber-bullies. A blog post on UM’s site embellishes that silliness with a bunch of inane distortions and blatant lies.
Veteran Journalist Jane Hansen linked to Cyber-bullies in Latest Media Coverage on Universal Medicine
Being ‘linked’ to so called ‘cyber-bullies’ isn’t exactly mentioned in state and federal crimes acts, unlike deceptive and misleading conduct and breaches of charitable fundraising authority.
Here we go again, the standard UM reaction to media coverage. The media is biased, documentary evidence is ‘lies’, UM refuses to answer the questions, accuses everyone and their cat of defamation, baulks at taking legal action and tells investors a couple of suburban activists are deceiving international media organizations – who are missing out on the real story – the ‘miracle’ of Universal Medicine.
The wheels are in motion for yet another biased story on Universal Medicine, after Daily Telegraph journalist Jane Hansen contacted founder Serge Benhayon last week with a series of leading questions about the student run charity, The College of Universal Medicine…
It appears that Hansen was most likely tipped off directly by the complainant, and there is evidence to suggest she is actively collaborating with both anti-Universal Medicine blogger Esther Rockett, who works actively with anti-UM ring leader Lance Martin.
Both have form in attracting mainstream media interest in their lies about UM, even putting their name to several documents detailing a litany of defamatory and insulting allegations against the Lismore-based business. Universal Medicine Website
Allegedly defamatory allegations that none of UM’s four plus lawyers, including big scary barrister, Charles Wilson, have ever taken any action over, in spite of Benhayon taking up a collection for a legal fund on behalf of 70+ Esoteric ‘healers’, and telling Google in late 2012 they intended to.
Charles Wilson, mind you, is a director of the College of Universal Medicine charity under investigation.
The College of Universal Medicine is described as a non-profit student-run educational institution, which offers courses run by UM-trained practitioners in men and women’s health and well-being, who volunteer their time.
Founded by Serge Benhayon who appointed himself the charity’s ‘Chairman in Perpetuity’, and which in 3 years of operation has charged students to attend their so called charitable activities, and raised money to renovate a building Benhayon owns, so that he can run his clinic and courses out of it.
That Hansen first notified Mr Benhayon about the complaint suggests this is an inside job, giving a small group of hate campaigners a free run with the press.
While the substance of the complaints remain under wraps by both government offices, it is understood the complaint to Liquor and Gaming was formally made on Wednesday June 18th – the day after Hansen put her questions to Mr Benhayon.
Serge must be operating in a different space time continuum. The signed confirmation letter we have from the OLGR is dated June 12.
College board member and Brisbane barrister Charles Wilson contacted the manager of investigations at the Office of Liquor and Gaming, who told him when the complaint was made and said he “shouldn’t lose any sleep over it”.
It is understood to relate to allegations of funds being “dispensed inappropriately”.
The manager also confirmed that it was against the Office’s policy to inform journalists or the public about complaints – proving Hansen didn’t hear about the complaint directly from Liquor and Gaming.
Does that mean it’s the office’s policy to give details of the investigation to directors of charities under investigation?
Some commentary: What matters is not that the complaint is false – that is a given, due to Rockett’s track record. The problem is that the media is able to speculate on the meaning of the complaint, and use it to bolster their story, before it is deemed illegitimate by Fair Trading or Liquor and Gaming.
The statement that my complaints are ‘false’ is defamatory – and duly noted.
Universal Medicine’s reputation – already affected by a litany of false articles from 2012 which remain online – is set to take another blow from sensationalism, forged with distortions and innuendo.
UM withdrew legal action against those media organizations when they worked out they’d have to prove the allegations were false. That’s why they ‘remain online’.
Journalistic integrity does not involve relying on obviously dubious sources for your narrative, Ms Hansen.
No, journalistic integrity involves relying on evidence. That we have. By the truckload.
I love it when UM lectures on journalistic integrity – particularly when they count bent journalist Hamish Broome among their faith-full propaganda team. And also when UM refuses to answer questions, studiously conceals much of their marketing and their more bizarre and anti-social doctrines from public view, and erases online content the minute it’s scrutinized.
As previously mentioned, Rockett described herself as being depicted as “some sort of windbag nuisance” by the HCCC – apparently in reports to the NSW Health Minister in regard to her series of false complaints. This included her submission to a recent NSW parliamentary inquiry into misleading information about complementary health care, described as ‘self-serving’ by the government committee. This submission has not been referenced or published due to it not meeting the terms of reference.
Hasn’t been referenced, or hasn’t been referenced yet?
For the record, this is the quote from the letter from the Health Minister to a local member concerning my complaints to the HCCC – March 28, 2013. It led me to express justifiable frustration that my complaints weren’t being taken seriously. The statement shows that my complaints have been misrepresented:
With respect to individual unregistered practitioners, such as Mr Benhayon personally, the Commission advised me that Ms Rockett has not provided any evidence regarding is [sic] treatment of individual clients apart from her own experience in 2005, and bases her complaints on material available on the Universal Medicine website.
We all know UM avoids posting controversial material on their website. Complaints I made came from talking to people affected, information found in student notes, materials distributed to students and Benhayon’s books. The complaint of inappropriate of touching of sexual abuse victims came from the workshop manuals. The Commission’s advice indicates they hadn’t read my complaints.
The Health Minister added:
Legislation is currently before Parliament to broaden the legislation allowing complaints to be made about conduct “which is likely” to affect individual clients. This amendment should give the Commission the potential capacity in future to investigate health service providers without having a complaint from or about an actual client.
Currently, cult psychologist Marianna Masiorski is under formal investigation by AHPRA Queensland, Caroline Raphael was required by the NSW Psychology Council to undergo counselling, and there are further serious complaints in the system.
Perhaps the most obvious breach of ethics in the lead-up to the story was this:
On Saturday, Rockett tweeted: “HEADS UP, DUCKIES! Universal Medicine article tomorrow in the Sunday Telegraph (Sydney)… Will UM answer the questions?”.
In the tweet she hyper-linked to a blog post in which she wrote: “Charlie Wilson has put on his barrister pants and has been huffing and puffing down the phone to a few folk.”
The content of the call has obviously made its way back to Rockett from someone in the Sunday Telegraph, a matter which would clearly amount to a serious and disturbing breach of journalistic ethics.
It just gets better! Who wrote this? Probably Sarah Davis and Rebecca Baldwin. Okay, RMRC, would you like to point out which clause in the journalistic code of ethics is breached by a journalist talking to a source?
Serge didn’t answer the questions did he?
It’s an astounding revelation that a senior journalist at News Ltd would knowingly align herself with a woman whose conduct has prompted calls for the HCCC to class her as a “vexatious complainant” (after bombarding them with unsubstantiated complaints), who presides over a slanderous [sic] blog packed with cleverly written lies, and has misled the public about virtually every interaction she ever had with Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.
Every statement in that paragraph is false and defamatory. In court the authors of that nonsense and the owner of that site will be asked to produce documentation or witnesses from the HCCC to prove they class me as a ‘vexatious complainant’ and that my complaints are unsubstantiated. They’ll need to prove I have defamed them, nominate the alleged lies and prove what I have said is false.
And when they can’t, they’ll pay me damages.
A copy of that post on the UM website is also being sent to the OLGR, NSW Fair Trading, the HCCC and the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Committee.
Nice work, Charles.