In June 2019, the Australian Federal Police executed search warrants on the Sydney office of the ABC and the Canberra home of a NewsCorp journalist, creating headlines across Australia and around the world. The ensuing coverage has created a national debate about security and the media, including press freedom; initiatives such as Australia’s Right to Know coalition; and a parliamentary inquiry into the “impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press”. The “raids” related to two separate police investigations from 2017 and 2018 into the unauthorised leaking and publishing of national security material.
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