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Tony Ortega: investigating the Church of Scientology
ABC Radio National
RN Drive
with Patricia Karvelas on RN
Oct 23, 2015

Source | Audio

Since its beginnings in the 1950s, the Church of Scientology has attracted a lot of attention, much of it unwanted.

Celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta helped raise the church's profile and appeal, especially in the 1990s.

However, reports of harassment of critics and former members and ill treatment of active members point to the darker side of the highly secretive organisation.

Tony Ortega is a New York-based journalist who chronicles what the church is up to on a daily basis.

He has written a book about one woman who was so intensely harassed by the Church of Scientology that it destroyed her life. The church referred to her as 'Miss Lovely'.


Tony Ortega is touring Australia talking about his book "The Unbreakable Miss Lovely" about the pursuit and harrassment of Paulette Cooper after she wrote the book "The Scandal of Scientology".

Click to hear the Radio National interview with Tony Ortega.

Link: Tony Ortega's website 'The Underground Bunker'

Tour Dates:
Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Steve Cannane and Bryan Seymour)
Oct 25: Melbourne, The Wheeler Centre, 3 pm, free but reservations recommended (with Steve Cannane)
Oct 28: Adelaide, Wheatsheaf Hotel, (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)
Oct 30: Perth, Collins Street Centre, Collins St and Shaftesbury St, South Perth, 7 pm



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