Perth: anti-vaccination documentary organisers defend secrecy due to threats of violence

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PERTH organisers of the screening of a controversial anti-vaccination documentary have defended their decision to keep the viewing location secret until two hours before the event.

The Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network founder Meryl Dorey, who will appear at tonight’s screening of Vaxxed: from cover up to catastrophe, said secrecy is essential due to threats of violence aimed at attendees and venue operators.

She said these threats come from people who are pro-vaccine.

Ms Dorey said the government is currently running a “fear campaign” around the issue.

“What the government is doing right now is oppression and censorship,” she said.

“We need have a discussion about this issue.”

She said there is a small segment of the community who believe people have no right to research this issue.

Ms Dorey claims vaccines are unnatural and cause adverse reactions in children.

“If the government wants everyone to vaccinate their children they need to prove the vaccinated are healthier than the unvaccinated,” she said.

Ms Dorey said the national childhood vaccination register has these statistics, but the government will not release them.

Vaxxed claims the Centre For Disease Control in the USA covered up evidence that autism and vaccines are linked.

In response to controversial documentary, the President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has reminded doctors to keep the conversation open with patients opposed to vaccination.

Dr Frank Jones said immunisation is safe and effective at protecting children from harmful diseases.

Measles and whooping cough are serious and can be fatal,” he said.

Dr Jones said he has had confirmed whooping cough cases at his Mandurah practice this year.

“There was also a measles scare in Perth,” he said.

“Vaccines in Australia are safe and they work.”

Dr Jones said he has patients “who are vehemently opposed to vaccination no matter what evidence they’re presented”.

“They’re fixed in their outlook,” he said.

“But as doctors we need to keep the conversation going with these patients.

“The vast majority do the right thing and a small minority have an opposing point of view.”

Tonight is believed to be the second time the documentary will be publicly screened in Perth.

Ms Dorey claims vaccines are unnatural and cause adverse reactions in children.

Judy Wilyman will also appear at the event.

Dr Wilyman’s PHD thesis which accused the World Health Organisation of colluding with the pharmaceuticals industry to push vaccinations was ultimately criticised and rejected.

Event attendees are encouraged to share their own stories of vaccine injuries.

Dr Andrew Wakefield, whose study linking autism and the measles, mumps, rubella was discredited, will be appearing via Skype.

Tickets are $9 and the film will be screened somewhere in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Attendees will be notified of the location after 5pm tonight.

The films creators claim it is not anti-vaccine but promotes transparency in the pharmaceutical industry.

Click here for information on the event.