Media harassment at Universal Medicine Presentation – Legal in Australia!

by Jenny James, Office Administrator, NSW, Australia

Last night I experienced what I had heard about media harassment, and I now realise it can happen to anyone. What happened at the Lennox Head Community Centre as we settled into an evening’s presentation by Serge Benhayon on Esoteric Medicine was astounding and appalling.

What David Millikan and his film crew orchestrated was purely abusive. Taking the stage under the guise of wanting to engage in conversation and questions about Universal Medicine – David did neither ­­– but pointed his finger accusingly, raised his voice, and spouted accusations of being a ‘cult’ at the audience of both adults and children.

I myself felt shocked and attacked, and then disappointed that this could not possibly be a balanced forum. David Millikan and his film crew had hijacked the evening and when asked who had sent him he named a well-known television station. I realised at that moment that this was a total set up. There had been no intention of a fair forum, but something to show on television the following week.

The media descends like wolves for a feed not considering whether there is any truth in the matter, but just a story to go for. It is not first discerned whether the accusations of ‘cult ‘ are true or false. This itself creates a whole new story, spinning lies and corruption and bringing a level of harassment that is ‘out for the kill’, no matter what the circumstances and how it affects innocent people. How can this bombardment be legal in Australia?

Universal Medicine is an open organisation. I await and welcome a true and honest exploration.

31 thoughts on “Media harassment at Universal Medicine Presentation – Legal in Australia!

  1. I have said I ‘like this’ on these blog pages (with the other responses to the atrocious media attack at the recent Universal Medicine event) – but I do not like it. I like that you are all expressing what happened, as that expression will help all those who have felt violated by the media’s utterly irresponsible and selfish acts. I do not like that David Millikan and colleagues felt they could act in this way. It is not okay. It is an absolute violation of human rights. Right now humanity needs all the help it can get to turn around the dreadful statistics on health and illness, on the abuse and denigration of children and women, on the ongoing slavery and abuse of people, and on the unrest and dreadful wars and fighting going on in other parts of the world. The media can either harm or heal – it can either act to help to turn the tide of the global unrest and illness, or it can harm, and deepen the harm as David Millikan and colleagues have done in their heinous acts towards those who attended the Universal Medicine event.

  2. We have been deemed guilty without trial or fair right of reply when we have and are doing nothing wrong. The last time I looked it isn’t a crime to attend a talk on health and personal development and neither does this make us a cult but somehow the media thinks it does – all in the name of TV ratings and sensationalism.

  3. Great piece Jenny. You have so well described what is happening in the way language is used by the media to force a premeditated agenda instead of being open to investigating the truth. This uninvited visit of David Millikan was not respectful communication in any sense of the word but a dictating bombardment using language as a weapon. It is unbelievable that in a country that professes to be a democracy and part of the ‘free’ world, this kind of harassment is possible. Thanks Jenny.

  4. It is appalling in this day and age that the media can get away with what you have described Jenny. No wonder the media is being investigated in England.

  5. Even though I was not present, the whole set up of the way that David Millikan organized this ‘attack’ on Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon for a sensational media moment, feels like a violation of one’s own inner space – something that feels sacred deep within.

  6. Jenny’s words ‘The media descends like wolves for a feed not considering whether there is any truth in the matter, but just a story to go for,’ seem a very apt description from the accounts of Friday evening from what I have read.
    It is time the voice of ordinary people is heard and the media are called to account for their complete disregard for their fellow human beings.

  7. Well written Jenny, ridiculous how such a loving presentation can be turned into a harassment all for the sake of trying to find something or catch out an organisation that has an open door policy and is open, available and willing to talk and answer questions. And I agree with Jane I like the post but not one bit of me likes the uncalled for harassment and abuse.

  8. I must say that I feel a degree of disbelief at what happened… disbelief at how someone can plot and scheme with such ugly intent to deliberately hurt other others for their own gain. This I know is just my own naivety, but we have certainly had our eyes opened to the lengths and degrees to which some will go to get what they want.

  9. Thanks Jenny. Your post exposes (along with the many others who have also shared their personal account of the event) the corruption and abuse of power by some of those in the media, and yet which currently appears to have no accountability for this action. It is confronting and upsetting to accept that this kind of behaviour is allowed to occur anywhere in the world, let alone Australia which prides itself on freedom of choice and speech.

  10. The way the media has been approaching Universal Medicine is with their ears tight shut – so of course they are not going to hear anything that is being said.
    Listening with their hearts (and ears) open is what they need to learn first.

  11. Thank you Jenny for you account of what happened that evening. It seems impossible that in this day and age this behaviour is allowed to continue. It is only with blogs like yours, that will show that this behaviour does exist and that we are not prepared to tolerate it.

  12. Indeed how this behaviour can be deemed legal is beyond me when it has the feel of a modern day witch hunt! I too look forward to the time when this kind of behaviour is no longer accepted as journalism and the facts as they are, are presented for all to feel for themselves.

  13. Thank you Jenny for sharing your account of the friday night fiasco. So true, like a pack of wolves in a feeding frenzy, truly disgusting behaviour on their part. A lost opportunity on their part, to know a truth, that held the possibility to change their lives.

  14. This does not seem fair and I do not see how these kinds of actions can be legal at all! We have a right here in Australia to choose what we want to believe in and what presentations we would like to attend. It’s absurd to be attending a presentation that you have interest in to then realise people have hidden camera’s that come out suddenly to film while having someone on stage accusing you of being in a cult. This is such unfair and disgusting treatment.

  15. When you consider the behaviour of the media that evening it makes you wonder whether or not they actually have any respect for the people whose stories they share in the news they present??

  16. Universal Medicine has always been completely open to all people and, because of their absolute integrity in everything they do, were probably never concerned about media scrutiny – the truth is there for all to see and feel. This ambush together with the other sensationalised rubbish written in Australian newspapers, just highlights the media’s lack of integrity and care for fellow human beings – their behaviour is outrageous!

  17. Great blog Jenny. “The media descends like wolves for a feed not considering whether there is any truth in the matter, but just a story to go for. It is not first discerned whether the accusations of ‘cult ‘ are true or false. This itself creates a whole new story, spinning lies and corruption and bringing a level of harassment that is ‘out for the kill’, no matter what the circumstances and how it affects innocent people. How can this bombardment be legal in Australia?” It seems that anyone – in the name of ‘free speech’ can print and publish anything they want. Freedom of speech isn’t freedom to abuse. I agree with your comment; “Universal Medicine is an open organisation. I await and welcome a true and honest exploration.”

  18. A fitting description Jenny
    “The media descends like wolves for a feed not considering whether there is any truth in the matter, but just a story to go for.” However I would give more credit to the wolves.

  19. Anything that makes a person or a group of people feel attacked and afraid should not be legal, it’s shocking this kind of abuse is done under the heading of ‘professional journalism’, it sounds like the whole genre needs a total rethink.

  20. No integrity there – and one can only begin to ponder on what kind of news channel that would pay for this kind of job to be done. Dirty business all through.

  21. This is just one of many stories I have heard about the media, exposing the lengths that some people can go to in complete disregard or care of the harm their dishonesty and deception causes just to get a story they can sell. It is shocking and disappointing that these kind of antics lie behind the curtain and are even endorsed by some media outlets as a means to an end.

  22. Very well said Jenny James. “The media descends like wolves for a feed not considering whether there is any truth in the matter…”
    It was a total wake-up call to be ambushed as we were that evening – as to, as you rightly say, what can happen to anyone. Aspects of our media when operating in such ways, are lawless cowboys – common respect and decency not even in their vocabulary.

  23. “This itself creates a whole new story, spinning lies and corruption and bringing a level of harassment that is ‘out for the kill’, no matter what the circumstances and how it affects innocent people.” Totally Jenny James this bombardment creates a whole new story that will be told. It is an evil cycle on repeat throughout our history as a humanity. Our awareness needs to point to this and not to the extremes we see on the media. Stories that uncover ‘The Why’ of our extremes.

  24. It is great that you and more people are expressing what happened at this event, and yes, it is a violation of human rights, and should not be accepted anywhere in the world.

  25. “‘out for the kill’” the intention to ‘kill’ the growing number of those attending presentations of Universal Medicine backfired as those who witnessed this aggressive and orchestrated abuse were shown so clearly the choice of the love that is shared with Universal Medicine and the numbers continue to grow.

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