Police raid ABC HQ in Australia

2019-06-05 at 14:03

Police have raided the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corp, in a second day of searches targeting journalists.

Officers arrived at the public broadcaster with search warrants naming two reporters and the news director. The ABC has protested over the raid.

The police action is related to articles about alleged misconduct by Australian forces in Afghanistan.

Yesterday police searched the home of a News Corp journalist, sparking alarm.

The leading journalists’ union said the two raids – which police said were not connected – represented a “disturbing pattern of assaults on Australian press freedom”.

According to the ABC, the 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 series was “based off hundreds of pages of secret Defence documents leaked to the ABC”. The Australian Federal Police said the warrant was in relation to “allegations of publishing classified material” and that it “relates to a referral received on 11 July 2017 from the Chief of the Defence Force and the then-Acting Secretary for Defence”.

The Afghan Files were published by the ABC on 10 July 2017.