ABC calls on Dutton to stop investigations into its journalists

The ABC has appealed to Peter Dutton to stop police investigations into two of its journalists.

ABC managing director David Anderson indicated that contact had been made to the Home Affairs minister to drop investigations into reporters Dan Oakes and Sam Clarke.

In an email to staff, he said that the ABC had requested that action into ABC investigative reporters Mr Oakes and Mr Clark cease, over stories into allegations of misconduct by Australian military based on leaked documents.

“We have written to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who has responsibility for the AFP, asking that any action against the pair cease,” he said.

“Failing that, that the ABC be briefed on when and how the AFP action will be resolved.

He said that the ABC questioned the validity of the raid.

“As I flagged on 24 June, the ABC is challenging the legality of the raid and is seeking the return of all documents,” Mr Anderson said.

The action will begin in the Federal Court in early August.”

“We are disappointed that the fate of our journalists, Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, remains unclear.

Stories written by ABC investigative journalists Dan Oakes and Sam Clark revealed allegations of misconduct and unlawful killings by Australian special forces in Afghanistan in 2017.

The reports were based on hundreds of pages of leaked Defence documents.

It resulted in police raids on the ABC’s offices in Sydney last month.

The raids followed another raid on the home of News Corp political journalist Annika Smethurst, investigating the publication of a leaked plan to allow government spying on Australians.

It is understood that News Corp had written a similar letter to Mr Dutton.

Federal Labor agreed with Mr Anderson’s view.

“These are journalists doing their job,” Mr Albanese said.

“The fact is the idea that they were under investigation was an idea that was dismissed by the Government just weeks ago.”

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