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<pre><pre>Amal Clooney slams Australia of freedom of the press and police raids

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The Morrison government has refused to guarantee that journalists who attack the police are immune to persecution last month.

Media bosses sought guarantees during a meeting with Attorney General Christian Porter and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher on Wednesday, but were rejected.

& # 39; We had a constructive discussion … but we remain frustrated that a month after search warrants were executed by the Australian Federal Police, the fate of our journalists remains unclear, & # 39; said ABC manager David Anderson in a statement.

They are also concerned about the government's plan to use the often secret parliamentary intelligence and security committee to investigate how the police and intelligence services have affected the media.

& # 39; We will continue to work with them on this, but we can safely say that our concerns about that forum have not disappeared & # 39 ;, said Corporate Affairs Campbell Reid of News Corp. to reporters.

The government is in favor of a short, sharp and targeted investigation by the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security.

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It looks at when and why journalists and media organizations fall under the control of the police and spies and criticize the thresholds for when the police should follow up on leaks.

Mr. Porter said that he had explained to the executives how the research was a & # 39; suitable medium & # 39; could be for media organizations to express their concerns.

The organizations were also invited to submit directly to the government.

& # 39; The government appreciates the willingness of media organizations to engage directly in constructive dialogue and looks forward to working with them in the coming months, & # 39; he said.

Anderson said media organizations would focus on processes that wanted to address their problems, but they preferred "immediate action instead of investigating".

& # 39; We continue to insist on real results that strengthen the fundamental right of the Australian population to know, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; We have promised to make more direct comments both on the fate of our journalists and on the specific areas where freedom of the press has been eroded and we have agreed to meet again within three months with the Attorney General and the minister of communication. & # 39;

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He said the government should set the tone for a less secret and more open democracy.

The organizations represented at the meeting were ABC, News Corp., Nine, Free TV, SBS and Seven West Media.

Labor has planned a separate, broader investigation through a committee set up for that specific purpose, and is expected to argue in parliament this Thursday.

Labor & # 39; s proposed research would look at the disclosure and public reporting of sensitive and classified information.

The protection of whistleblowers and officials would also be examined, as well as the way in which the government leaks to authorities and the independence of the police when dealing with politically sensitive issues.

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The home of News Corp's journalist, Annika Smethurst, in Canberra, was raided last month by the publication of a leaked proposal to the Australian directorates for signals to spy on Australians.

The following day the ABC headquarters in Sydney were attacked by stories published in 2017, claiming that Australian soldiers could have committed unlawful killings in Afghanistan based on leaked defense documents.

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