Outcry as Australian Broadcasting Corporation raided by police

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A police raid on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has drawn fire from broadcasters and rights groups. Police officers had reportedly arrived at the public broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters, with search warrants naming two reporters and the news director.
The leading journalists’ union in the country said, the two raids represented a “disturbing pattern of assaults on Australian press freedom”.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, today’s search is about the 2017 investigative series known as “The Afghan Files”, which revealed allegations of unlawful killings and misconduct by Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan.
The broadcaster said, the investigative series was “based on hundreds of pages of secret defence documents leaked to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Meanwhile, the Australian Federal Police states, the warrant was in relation to “allegations of publishing classified material”, and that it relates to a referral received in July 2017 from the Chief of the Defence Force and the then Acting Secretary for Defence.

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