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Australia’s raids on journalists reflect a creeping surveillance state

This week, Australians woke up to the alarming realization that their government has been quietly promoting a creeping surveillance state at the expense of press freedom and democratic values.

  • Emily Howie
  • The Washington Post

It should mark a moment of reckoning for the country and its entire approach to media and public transparency.

On Wednesday, officers from the Australian Federal Police appeared at the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the country’s national broadcaster.

Armed with a warrant over a 2017 investigation into military files that suggested that Australia soldiers had killed civilians in Afghanistan, they…

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