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Naughty journo?

By jennybel75 23 September 2008 21 is reporting reports that the house of a Canberra Press Gallery journalist was raided this morning in connection with an ongoing investigation about a story on Australia’s spying operations published by the Canberra Times earlier in the year. The journo apparently cited his source as “classified briefing papers” which had been prepared for the Defence Minister.

So, lets see what happens with the protecting sources debate again.

ED – And Mr. Evil had this to say:

    The Australian is reporting that a Canberra Times journalist’s home has been raided by the AFP, apparently in relation to a story published by the Canberra Times in June.

    No doubt the Canberra Times will be lapping up the publicity, and someone working at Parliament House will be feeling a little nervous!

Meanwhile the ABC names the journo as Philip Dorling and the CT have managed to post an AAP story on the subject.

UPDATED: The CT has now managed to get their own story up:

    The owners of The Canberra Times say they are “gravely concerned” over an “unacceptable” police raid on the Canberra home of one of its journalists this morning…

    “Fairfax Media is gravely concerned by this legal assault on one of our journalists for doing his job.

    “A Federal police raid on the home of a journalist cuts to the heart of the operation of a free press, and is unacceptable.

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Skidbladnir 2:43 pm 24 Sep 08

I have very little sympathy for Fairfax media, especially the way they’re acting all indignant over (perceived) injury to their freedom of the press.
Its a luxury only afforded to those with deep enough pockets to actually own the press.

If Johnboy (or any other poster) on here was handed a sheaf of TSPV or AEO documents, the only thing we would be able to do when the story came out would be to never write a thing down, comply entirely with an investigation or face legal preceedings, and basically suck up the fact that as members of the public whose interest they claim to act in, we don’t get a say in the matter.

And if we wrote anythign down and published it, we’d need to have a bloody good reason for it, not “to sell more papers\get a byline\stir the pot”.

Lliving in Canberra, its not like we aren’t already about two degrees of social seperation from an ASIO officer, X-in-confidence document bearer, or TSPV public servant anyway.

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