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Broadcaster demands Australia police drop probe of reporters

Jul. 11, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian government assurances that public sector leakers rather than journalists are the targets of raids on two media organizations have come under question as new details have emerged of police efforts to track one reporter's movements and to discover who reporters talk to...

Australian Parliament to probe press freedom after raids

Jul. 5, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A parliamentary committee on Friday announced an inquiry into the impact of Australian law enforcement and intelligence powers on press freedom following police raids on a media organization and a journalist's home. Australian media organizations have demanded reforms after...

Australia proposes to ban extremists' return for 2 years

Jul. 4, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government on Thursday proposed new laws that would prevent extremist Australians from returning home for up to two years, as the country prepares for the repatriation of Islamic State group supporters from the Middle East. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton...

No news a week after Australian disappears in North Korea

Jul. 2, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Tuesday he had no news on the fate of an Australian citizen who vanished in North Korea a week ago. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had prayed for 29-year-old student Alek Sigley, who has not contacted his family and friends by social...

Australia probes reports of citizen detained in North Korea

Jun. 27, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said Thursday it was "urgently seeking clarification" on reports that an Australian had been detained in North Korea, which the attorney-general described as a "matter of the utmost seriousness." The family of Alek Sigley said they had no confirmation...

Whistleblower returns to Australian court over Afghan leak

Jun. 27, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian army whistleblower charged with leaking secret documents to Australian Broadcasting Corp. reporters alleging misconduct in Afghanistan said on Thursday he welcomed state-owned ABC taking part in his case. David William McBride, 55, appeared in the Australian Capital...

Australia media demand press freedom law reforms after raids

Jun. 26, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's three largest media organizations joined forces on Wednesday to demand legal reforms that would prevent journalists from risking imprisonment for doing their jobs. The demands came after unprecedented raids against media organizations by police searching for leaked...

Former Australian army lawyer in court over leak to media

Jun. 12, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian army lawyer charged with leaking secret documents to journalists said on Thursday his prosecution was not about protecting national security but concealing "a national shame." David William McBride, 55, made his first appearance in the Australian Capital...

Australian opposition calls for review of press freedom

Jun. 12, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's opposition on Wednesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom after police raids on a media organization's Sydney headquarters and a journalist's Canberra home seeking to uncover the source of government leaks. The government, meanwhile, was defending...

Australia public broadcaster head concerned by police raid

Jun. 7, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The head of Australia's public broadcaster ABC said she has "grave concern" about a recent police raid on the corporation's headquarters in connection with a 2017 story based on leaked documents that indicated the country's military forces were being investigated for possible war...