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A young man needs your help. His phone has been tapped and his computer hacked in a campaign of harrasment and intimidation. These crimes have been perpetrated by the executive ranks of a company that has spun out of control.


My name's Doug Gillett and I'm a former employee of APN News and Media.

For the past 18 month I've been looking over my shoulder.

I've got to be honest, it's been a nightmare.

My family is worried about me.

You see, I had the nerve to object to a practice of APN News and Media general managers secretly recording conversations in company vehicles.

I threatened to go to the media.

They didn't appreciate the irony.

Since then, I have been the victim of a campaign of victimisation and harassment that has had a serious impact upon my health.

I took a stand to protect the privacy of this company's employees and have paid a heavy price.

My personal computer has been hacked, my mobile phone tapped and my rubbish and personal belongings rifled through.

Private investigators have placed me under surveillance.

I have been the victim of malicious rumours designed to destroy my reputation and credibility.

I have feared for my personal safety.

I have come away from this situation feeling like I have been raped.

That's the only way I can describe it.

My mind has been raped and these ruthless individuals have my soul in a box down in APN News and Media's Brisbane office.

It's in there with all the phone recordings and surveillance that's been gathered on me.

I feel like I've been held captive. I don't want to do the things I enjoy doing. I don't want to see my mates.

These crimes against privacy and common decency have been perpetrated by the jaded editorial executives of a company that has spun out of control.

Please help protect the privacy of future Australians and send a strong message to APN News and Media that privacy is important by signing the petition.

Yours sincerely,


Letter to
APN News and Media Chairman Peter Cosgrove
I believe that privacy is a fundamental human right that needs to be protected.
Secretly recording conversations in company vehicles is not an exciting new era of human resource management.
George Orwell's 1984 is not a guidebook for good corporate governance in the 21st century.
Please respect the privacy of your employees and stop your campaign of harassment and intimidation of those who question unethical and illegal work practices.

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