Over the weekend, a 25 year old woman, Sylvia Choi, died at the Sydney leg of the Stereosonic Festival tour. Reports have since confirmed that her death was down to a drug overdose, prompting medical professionals to call -not for the first time– for pill testing to be introduced into large-scale music events.
One of the publications reporting on the death was the Daily Telegraph, who yesterday published a photograph of the wrong woman. While it is not known who the woman in the original image is, one thing is certain – she is not Sylvia Choi. The image was replaced after police released a correct photograph. In addition to the print publication the incorrect image also ran on the digital version of the NewsCorp owned paper, at the top of the Daily Telegraph’s e-newsletter and on news.com.au
Following Choi’s death, it has been reported by Sydney Morning Herald that paramedics, hired privately through Event Medical Services to work the event, have been prohibited from speaking to police about their involvement as medical professionals at Stereosonic. When asked to comment on the leaked internal email, which can be seen below, owner of EMS, Mike Hammond said: “They [NSW Police] come to me, I own the company, they don’t talk to anybody at the end of the queue, they call the head of the company…I’m really pissed off that you got that internal document.”