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Greens response to AFP raids



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MEDIA RELEASE SARAH HANSON-YOUNG 4 SEP 2019COMMUNICATIONSJUSTICE SHARE

Greens response to AFP raids

The Greens responded to the AFP raid on the home of an Australian Signals Directorate intelligence officer today:

Greens Spokesperson for Media and Communicaons and Chair of the Senate Inquiry into Press Freedoms and Whistleblower Protecons Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:

“Today’s raid by the AFP on an intelligence officer is very concerning. The inmidaon of truth tellers by this government is alarming.

“Journalism and the protecon of whistleblowers are essenal pillars of democracy.

“First the AFP raided the journalists, now they are raiding public servants.

“The Government should be upfront about whether today’s raid is in relaon to the earlier raids on a News Corp journalist who exposed the Government’s draconian plan to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to spy on Australians.

“The Senate Inquiry into press freedoms and whistleblowers is increasingly urgent, and will consider protecons for public sector employees who disclose sensive and classified informaon.”

Greens Spokesperson for Jusce Senator Nick McKim said:

“These raids are designed to inmidate potenal public interest whistle blowers.”

“This is the stuff of a police state, not a democracy.”