Spies should focus on foreign threats rather than journalists

Federal police going through Ms Smethurst’s home

We have witnessed two shocking raids by the Australian Federal Police on news outlets, both under the guise of protecting our national security.

Let’s call the raids what they are: dangerous police overreach that could intimidate and curtail our free press.

Media freedom is a cornerstone of any democracy — it shines a light on the darkest corners and helps to keep our government honest.

But there is a second layer to this that should also greatly concern every Australian citizen — the story that journalist Annika Smethurst was originally covering, and what it says about a growing surveillance state in our country.

Read more of this article from Digital Rights Watch’s Tim Singleton Norton and Human Rights Law Centre’s Emily Howie in the Daily Telegraph.