Police raid on ABC 'clearly created to intimidate'

The ABC offices in Sydney have been raided by the AFP

Just hours after the Australian Federal Police raided the home of high-profile journalist Annika Smethurst, broadcaster Ben Fordham has revealed he's also being targeted for his reporting.

ABC chair Ita Buttrose said she had expressed her "grave concern" about the raids to the Australian government on Thursday.

The raids, which involved police examining some 9,000 computer files at the ABC, and sifting through the female News Corp editor's underwear drawer, according to media reports, have drawn criticism around the world with the British Broadcasting Corporation calling them "deeply troubling".

Opposition Home Affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally said it was "breathtaking" that - in view of these raids - the leaking of details of a classified briefing of the medevac bill to The Australian newspaper in February was not pursued further.

"But when it comes to a leak of information that would benefit the government there is not the same apparent vigour and rigour when it comes to that investigation", she told reporters in Sydney on Saturday.

The leaked documents alleged that Australian special forces engaged in unlawful killings and misconduct in Afghanistan, including the killing of unarmed Afghan men in 2012 and the flying of a Nazi flag on an Australian army vehicle. "To have Federal Police officers - and it is not their fault - combing through people's books and sock drawers is a pretty dim image for Australia to have in the 21st century", he said.

The whistleblower at the centre of the federal police raid at the ABC is committed to telling the truth despite facing life imprisonment.

The leading journalists' union said the two raids - which police said were not connected - represented a "disturbing pattern of assaults on Australian press freedom".

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Annika Smethurst's employer News Corp Australia had condemned the raids as 'outrageous and heavy-handed'.

It's understood the names of ABC's director Gaven Morris and journalists Dan Oakes and Sam Clark are against the warrant.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the government could not duck responsibility.

Concerns from business come after the AFP executed a search warrant on the Ultimo premises of the ABC on Wednesdayin relation to allegations the national broadcaster published classified material, contrary to Crimes Act of 1914.

His successor as prime minister, Scott Morrison, went on to enact a series of law-and-order measures, including a controversial law forcing telecommunications and tech firms to monitor encrypted communications between suspected terrorists or other criminals.

Dutton denied involvement in the police investigations and said his office was notified after the raids were carried out. When the government ratcheted up counter-espionage laws in 2018, it added a provision to protect whistleblowers.

"This is a really serious escalation of the attack on the free media, and that hits the public", he said as the raid continued.

"That is an authoritarian state choosing which implement they will use to bastardise the media and bring them to heel", said Manning, the former head of ABC's flagship News and Current Affairs division.

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