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Police raid ABC News in Sydney over Special Forces ‘Afghan Files’

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Australian Federal Police in Australia have raided the ABC News offices in Sydney on Wednesday, over allegations that the broadcaster published information over classified leaked military documents.

The new broadcaster alleged that Australian special forces shot dead unarmed men and children in Afghanistan in 2017, named as the “Afghan Files.”

This is second raid ABC News has had in just two days, the broadcaster has said this is “outrageous” as this hinders press freedom.

However, the News Corporation editor’s home was raided the day before, AFP said the raids were not related.

David Anderson, ABC managing director said in a statement, “It is highly unusual for the national broadcaster to be raided in this way.

“This is a serious development and raises legitimate concerns over freedom of the press and proper public scrutiny of national security and defence matters.”

AFP said the raid of the broadcaster was to with allegations they published classified documents, and a referral from the chief of the Australian defence force.

ABC News released a series damaging reports that within special forces there is a “warrior culture” as well as unlawful killings of unarmed men and children in Afghanistan.

In a statement the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said the court authorised the raid based on evidence the showed “sufficient suspicion that a criminal offence has been committed”

Marcus Strom, president of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance trade union wrote on Twitter the two raids are “just outrageous.”

“Police raiding journalists is becoming normalised.

“It has to stop.”

The company that is controlled by Rupert Murdoch said they “the most serious concerns about the willingness of governments to undermine the Australian public’s right to know about important decisions governments are making.”




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