Greens call for inquiry into declining press freedom following AFP raid


The Greens are calling for a Senate inquiry into declining press freedom in Australia, after the AFP raided News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst's home yesterday.

"The raid of a press gallery journalist's home, after reporting on the Morrison Government, sends a shiver down the spine of Australians who value freedom of the press. This attack on press freedom cannot go uninvestigated," Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This heavy-handed operation is designed to intimidate all journalists from writing the truth about this Government. It sets a dangerous precedent and is not us.

"Australians deserve to know what the Government is doing. Journalists should be able to report the facts without looking over their shoulder for the AFP. An attack on the press for doing their job is an attack on our democracy.

"This raid should be condemned. Scott Morrison's response shows he has no regard for freedom of the press when it doesn't suit his government's agenda.

"When parliament resumes, I will move to set up a Senate inquiry into our declining press freedom to examine how the Liberal National Government's agenda has sought to weaken our democracy."

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