A Scary Warning Following Police Raids On Aussie Media

Jun 7, 2019


The federal government classifying “embarrassing” information under national security is “not just stupid but dangerous”, says respected Fairfax reporter Phil Coorey.

Phil told FIVEaa Breakfast on Friday:

“The government through its agencies is potentially going to jail journalists and public servants for trying to tell the public some fairly innocuous stuff…

“It’s very serious. You can’t blame the police because they’re just upholding the law as is. The government is trying to say, ‘Nothing to do with us…’

“That’s rubbish. They’re government departments… anything they don’t want us to know because it might be embarrassing they classify as national security and it’s just an abuse of that national security caveat…. Knowing this stuff isn’t a threat to national security.

“It’s not just an attack on the press, it’s an attack on people’s right to know basic stuff. When asylum seekers used to come to Australia by boat… the government used to issue a press release… why is that now a national security [issue]? It’s not national security, it’s because the government is embarrassed if it happens… so they classify it national security.

“You’ve got to be very careful. This is police state stuff. It’s not deliberate but it’s the way it looks.

“I think it’s a very serious issue, I really do.”