Scott Morrison meets with ABC Chair over raid concerns

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Publish Date
Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 5:27PM
Scott Morrison has previously defended the raids. (Photo / Getty)

Scott Morrison has met with Ita Buttrose, the Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, over the raids of her organisation's offices last week. 

Buttrose last week said she has "grave concern" about a recent police raid on the corporation's headquarters in connection with a 2017 story based on leaked documents that indicated the country's military forces were being investigated for possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

The Sydney raid, in which documents were taken, came a day after federal police searched the Canberra home of Annika Smethurst, the political editor of The Sunday Telegraph of Sydney, over a 2018 story detailing an alleged government proposal to spy on Australians.

News Corp. Australia, the parent company of The Sunday Telegraph, said the raid "demonstrates a dangerous act of intimidation towards those committed to telling uncomfortable truths."

The raids have sparked outrage and raised concerns about freedom of speech in the country.

As the two leaders met, it has also been revealed that Mike Pezullo, the head of the Home Affairs office, allegedly made threatening phone calls to crossbench senator Rex Patrick, after Patrick was publicly critical of the office over the raids. 

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