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A big year for the Australian police state

Journalists being raided by police. Politicians trying to crack down on protesters. Children being strip-searched. 2019 saw Australia’s steady slide towards authoritarianism become a lot more visible.

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‘Don’t ever again allow politicians to diminish the public broadcaster’

Kerry O'Brien's full Logies speech on the 'failures of politics, failures of journalism, and failures of society'.

News Corp Australasia Executive Chairman Michael Miller (Image: AAP/Rohan Thomson)

How much clout does News Corp have in the fight for press freedom?

For all its sins, News Corp has a strong history of using its political clout for press freedom and for standing up for its journalists and whistleblowers. 

John Lyons (left), executive editor of ABC News, is followed by an AFP officer. (Image: AAP/David Gray)

The law shouldn’t care about the government’s hurt feelings

The ABC's court challenge over the AFP raids will put Australia's freedoms to the test. Hopefully we come out with the right result.

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick (Image: AAP /David Mariuz)

Meet Rex Patrick: the Senate’s warrior for transparency

Rex Patrick has a reputation for saying and revealing things that make powerful people uncomfortable.

Labor changes position again in the government’s war on scrutiny

Labor's inconsistency on oversight of security agencies has left a crucial missing link on the response to the government's attacks on those who would subject it to scrutiny.

AFP investigators leave the ABC's Ultimo headquarters (Image: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)

Sorry, journalists, but this isn’t just about you

The AFP raids aren't just about journalism. Whistleblowers and many others need protection from an overly powerful executive and a Home Affairs department with a toxic agenda.

Why a bill of rights is still a long way off

Crikey readers discuss the prospect of a national bill of rights, AFP raids and the mentality propping up refugee detention camps.

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AFP to front parliamentary committee over raids

Good morning, early birds. Politicians have called for greater powers protecting the freedom of the press, and Labor is reconsidering its opposition to the Coalition's tax cuts. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Why is it so easy for police to raid journalists?

While recent police raids of media companies have been shocking, experts say they have been a long time coming.