Press Freedom Is Being Destroyed…First They Came for Assange

Australia police are raiding ABC over the release of the Afghan Files which exposes war crimes… sound familiar? It should, it is exactly what Wikileaks and Assange did that got Assange the 17 indictments he faces in the U.S. Governments hate when journalists expose their corruption. They want whistleblowers and investigative journalism punished rather than the criminals themselves. They want silence from us.I can guarantee you that this won’t end soon. In fact it is just the beginning.

According to John Lyons:

AFP: I’m still staggered by the power of this warrant. It allows the AFP to “add, copy, delete or alter” material in the ABC’s computers. All Australians, please think about that: as of this moment, the AFP has the power to delete material in the ABC’s computers. Australia 2019.

Fascism is coming to democracies all over the world as criminals walk free and the journalists who disclose the information suffer.

In an article by the Guardian:

The Australian federal police are raiding the ABC offices in Sydney over a series of articles the broadcaster ran in 2017 into the clandestine operations of Australian special forces in Afghanistan.
The raid on the Ultimo office comes just one day after the AFP raided the home of the News Corp Sunday political editor Annika Smethurst over articles she published in 2018 on proposals to expand Australia’s domestic surveillance capabilities.

The ABC warrant names the reporters Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, as well as the ABC news boss, Gaven Morris.
In a statement less than an hour after the AFP officers entered the office, the ABC managing director, David Anderson, called the raid “highly unusual”.

“This is a serious development and raises legitimate concerns over freedom of the press and proper public scrutiny of national security and defence matters,” he said.

“The ABC stands by its journalists, will protect its sources and continue to report without fear or favour on national security and intelligence issues when there is a clear public interest.”

Like a prophet, Assange predicted this would happen. In fact a lot of his predictions are coming true. He told us to fight. I hope it’s not too late. It seems his arrest has set a precedent for other governments to follow. How can we hold the establishment responsible for their actions if we do not know what is going on? How can we be free if they take our rights away from us? The even bigger question is, who will be next?

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