AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE RAID EVEN MORE JOURNALISTS OVER LEAKED DOCUMENTS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE RAID EVEN MORE JOURNALISTS OVER LEAKED DOCUMENTS

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Australia got scary in a hurry.

One day after raiding the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst over the publication of leaked documents detailing the government's domestic surveillance plans, the Australian Federal Police raided ABC News Australia over leaked documents detailing the killing of unarmed civilians by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

Somewhat surprisingly, the AFP did not prevent John Lyons, the executive editor of ABC News, from live-tweeting the entire raid. This resulted in an astounding stream of tweets (with photos!) showing the AFP was seeking a wealth of information from ABC offices, including notes, correspondence, reports, briefing documents, photographs, and anything else it could use to (presumably) find the source of the leaks.

The AFP claims the raid of the ABC offices has nothing to do with its raid of a journalist's home the previous day. This is only true in the sense that two different sets of leaks were targeted. In the greater scheme of things, they are very definitely related, as is the investigation currently being pursued by the Department of Home Affairs targeting yet another journalist over a story about asylum seekers seeking to enter Australia by boat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the people of Australia who find this kind of news suppression horrific, have only two choices here, as do their American brothers and sisters; either vote with your feet (and your bank accounts), and "Get out of Dodge" while this is still possible, or peacefully vote out those who committed this horrendous attack against press freedom.

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