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Australian newspapers black out front pages against media curbs

Canberra, Oct 21 (UNI) Putting aside their rivalries, the major Australian newspapers on Monday unite to protest against the legislation that restrict the press freedom, by issuing front pages text redacted in black.
The biggest newspapers of Australia --The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review front pages were blacked out as part of a campaign against government secrecy, penalise whistleblowing and in some cases, criminalise journalism.
The protest campaign comes as the country’s federal court rejected moves by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to challenge the legality of police raids on its headquarters in June.
The raids came after two ABC journalists published a report that revealed allegations of misconduct and unlawful killings by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
In another incident in June, authorities raided the home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst, who published an article revealing the government’s alleged plan to spy on Australian citizens.
According to the report, intelligence agents would be able get access to emails, bank accounts, and text messages of any Australian with approval from the defence and home ministries.
​Back in June, the Australian authorities defended the raids saying information published in the reports was top secret.
On 20 October, the government said that three journalists could face prosecution. The country’s PM Scott Morrison stressed that press freedom is very important for Australia, but noted that everyone is equal before the law.
The Australian parliament has passed more than 60 laws relating to secrecy and spying in the past 20 years. It is currently reviewing whistleblower laws. Twenty-two have been passed in the past two years.

Australia has no constitutional safeguards for free speech. The government added a provision to protect whistleblowers when it strengthened counter-espionage laws in 2018, although media organisations say press freedoms remain restricted.
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