According to Fairfax journalist Kylar Loussikian, Dr Judy Wilyman has, “… no specific expertise in vaccination science.” The Sydney Morning Herald, 23.09.2018.
For your information, Kylar, Dr Judy Wilyman has, among other qualifications, a Master of Science degree in Population Health. This included a research project analysing the Australian Government’s Policy on Whooping Cough. Dr Wilyman has also completed a PhD on Australian Vaccination Policy, available on the University of Wollongong website.
Kylar Loussikian seems to have no specific expertise in investigative journalism, or any morals or ethics for that matter. His only qualification is a Commerce/Arts Degree from the University of NSW.
Expertise usually arises from a personal interest that stimulates one to study the background of a topic or issue, like a PhD.Standard degrees tend to qualify you to regurgitate the accepted position. It is shocking that journalists like Kylar are being presented with media awards, considering his articles that denigrate the academic research of professionals like Dr Wilyman.
Kylar also does not mention the important point that Australian doctors who agree with Dr Wilyman are at risk of losing their medical licenses. This threat has effectively gagged doctors from speaking out about vaccine issues.
Greg Hunt, Australian Federal Health Minister, said, “If it is accurate that there are registered doctors that are advocating an anti-vaccination position, then they will have the full force of the authorities come down on them.”
This was clearly demonstrated with the investigation of Dr John Piesse, not long after Greg Hunt made the above statement.
Kylar’s journalism is a thinly veiled piece of corporate pharmaceutical industry marketing. Its purpose is to destroy critics of their products. This has worked very effectively up until now. Independent voices on vaccines have been suffocated due to the powerful industry forces that control our government and media. See Elizabeth Hart’s presentation at The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference outlining all the industry conflicts of interest involved in Australia’s vaccination policy development.
Kylar’s past pieces against Dr Wilyman have also been constantly publicly praised by what have been described as ‘industry lobby groups’. Reasonable Hank, also known as Peter Tierney, is a well known member of both the Australian Skeptics and the Stop the AVN group. Reasonable Hank has been very vocal in his support of Kylar’s past articles and TV news interviews against Dr Wilyman. See tweets below.
Professor Brian Martin, University of Wollongong, has written a paper about the inaccuracies in Kylar’s past coverage of Dr Judy Wilyman’s thesis:
Another article by Professor Martin shows how Kylar’s incorrect journalism has been used by others to publicly defame Dr Wilyman’s research.
The powerful JP Morgan group also has a vested interest in the owner of the Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media. JP Morgan group is the second biggest shareholder in Fairfax.
JP Morgan is closely aligned with pharmaceutical companies, particularly GlaxoSmithKline. The group is also openly invested in the global vaccine market.
If you connect the dots, controlling interests like JP Morgan have a major say at Fairfax Media’s Sydney Morning Herald, and ofcourse this would include influence over their journalists.
On 26 July 2018, Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment Co announced they had agreed on terms for a merger between the two companies to become Australia’s largest media company. Shareholders in Nine Entertainment Co. will own 51.1 percent of the combined entity and Fairfax shareholders will own 48.9 percent.
The public would be better informed if they listened only to independent media sources. New players on the Australian media scene such as The Australian National Review are not connected with the pharmaceutical industry in any way.