Police raid Australian public broadcaster ABC’s office

Last Updated: Jun 05 2019 13:34
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SYDNEY- Australian police on Wednesday raided the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) in search of two reporters and a new director.

On Tuesday, police searched the home of a News Corp journalist and on Wednesday raided ABC’s office.

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

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 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".

ABC Managing Director David Anderson said the police raid "raises legitimate concerns over freedom of the press".