Posts Tagged ‘Media’

The Filipino Globe article that we recently criticised for adding to the ‘occult-link’ accusations surrounding Vicky’s disappearance and death is available online. Given that we mention in it the letter on our Thorough Investigation? page, it seems only fair that we link to the full article as well.

To access the Globe‘s May issue you will need a Flash player installed in your browser, which is fairly common. The article begins on the front page and concludes on page two. The toolbar at the top of the Flash player will allow you to zoom into the page, and switch between pages.


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A Note from the Blog Administrator

ABS-CBN in the Philippines is carrying a story on its news website covering Vicky’s disappearance and death, this blog and what the Justice for Vicky concern group is trying to achieve.

I answered a series detailed of questions around a week ago, and the information has been used fairly and accurately. The two journalists involved also extracted quotes from posts on this blog, and included video from our YouTube page.

The added coverage will certainly help to boost the profile of Vicky’s case in the Philippines. But even more importantly the story will be picked up by news aggregators, RSS feeds and search engines.

That will push it out around the world a little more, and help other people discover the injustice of one particular death in Hong Kong.

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Distasteful though it is to mention this so soon after her funeral, it seems that the ludicrous rumours about an “occult-link” in Vicky’s disappearance and death will not go away.

Following the South China Morning Post article which ran that angle early this month, the Filipino Globe, a free Filipino newspaper circulated here in Hong Kong and in Manila, regurgitated the claim in its May print edition not long after.

In an article entitled “Bizarre twist in Discovery Bay Pinay’s death”, Jose Marcello mentioned a letter in Latin and text messages in Tagalog that both contained “strange references”.

Note that neither publication quoted any of the text messages in full.

The messages do NOT contain “strange references”. Maricris Rice, who has actually read the messages, unlike the reporters from the SCMP and the Globe, says that they contain playful references to rural Batangas folklore, and questions about whether Vicky wanted any herbal medicine to cope with aches and pains.

A sworn statement by the person with whom Vicky was swapping texts backs this up. No occult references, at all.

However, the police have refused to release the letter written in Latin, which Vicky’s sister Irene should have been able to collect as a personal affect. That fact, and what now seems like multiple leaks to the media, suggests that the police are pursuing a premeditated line of investigation.

We began agitating for a thorough and transparent police investigation into this situation because there was little evidence of cultural sensitivity in police attitudes towards the case.

It is a sad reflection on the law in Hong Kong that there is not yet any sign of change.

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The South China Morning Post today, Sunday 4 May, published unsubstantiated allegations about Vicky Flores under the headline “Occult link to drowned maid”.

An article on page 3 (full online text for subscribers only) mentioned police asking Vicky’s sister Irene about:

an “occult-like” paper written in Latin that was found among her dead sister’s belongings.

Members of the Justice for Vicky Flores support group were aware of the paper more than a week ago, but had not commented on it because it is still in police custody as part of an ongoing investigation.

The article goes on to say that Irene was asked by police

whether her sister knew a man who could have exerted some “cult-like” influence.

That is certainly the case, but the article then quotes an un-named source as describing

the paper and text messages between Flores and the man as “occult references” and “weird messages that sounded like mantras”.

Reporting this unsubstantiated claim without providing any reasonable evidence is the worst possible journalism.

James Rice, a local academic who has been aiding Vicky’s sister Irene in her dealings with the police and the Coroner’s office, pointed out earlier tonight that Vicky had been a respected leader of the local Catholic bible fellowship. The allegations, he added, were “an insult to the Catholic Faith and the Christian religion”.

We will follow up these allegations to ensure that the Latin text on the paper, at least, is made public as soon as possible.

Again, this is the worst possible journalism – it is unprofessional and irresponsible.

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