Afghan Files ... How the ABC reported a "Defence leak exposing deadly
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special forces" in 2017. Image: Screen shot of ABC/PMC
AN Australian police raid on public broadcaster ABC this week risks having a chilling effect on freedom of the press, its editorial director says.
Police officers left the ABC’s Sydney headquarters more than eight hours after a raid began over allegations it had published classified material.
It related to a series of 2017 stories known as The Afghan Files about alleged misconduct by Australian troops in Afghanistan.
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ABC editorial director Craig McMurtrie told RNZ Morning Report the message the raids sent to sources and whistleblowers who wanted to reveal things in the public interest was concerning.