Australia rejects demand to end police probe of reporters

FILE - In this June 27, 2019, photo, whistleblower supporters demonstrate outside the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court in Canberra, Australia, where former army lawyer David William McBride appeared charged with leaking secret documents to Australian Broadcasting Corp. reporters alleging misconduct in Afghanistan. Australian Broadcasting Corp. Managing Director David Anderson says he had written to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton calling for police to drop their investigation of two ABC reporters. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk, File)

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian government minister has rejected a national broadcaster's demand that police drop an investigation of two journalists who reported classified information.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told Nine Network television on Friday that police would decide whether to prosecute Australian Broadcasting Corp. journalists Dan Oakes and Sam Clark.

ABC management said on Thursday they had written to Dutton calling for police to drop their investigation of the reporters that led to a raid on ABC's Sydney headquarters in June.

The police raid sought documents relating to the Australian Special Air Service Regiment's involvement in Afghanistan.

Police had raided the Canberra home of a News Corp. Australia journalist a day earlier hunting for unrelated documents that formed the basis of an article she wrote more than a year ago.

Must Read

Trump on sidelines as Clinton fills Olympics...

Aug 9, 2016

Clinton is taking advantage of the millions of Americans tuned in to NBC to watch U.S. athletes...

Valeant's rosy forecast and promised changes,...

Aug 9, 2016

Drugmaker Valeant posts big 2Q loss, but execs tout turn-around plan and reassured investors drive...

Zambia voting for president amid unprecedented...

Aug 10, 2016

Zambia, former 'model for Africa,' votes for president amid striking political violence

Rare 4th-century mosaic of chariot race found in...

Aug 10, 2016

A Cypriot archaeologist says a mosaic floor dating to the 4th century has been uncovered depicting...

In setback for Brazil's Rousseff, Senate puts her...

Aug 10, 2016

Brazil's Senate has voted overwhelmingly to put suspended President Dilma Rousseff on trial for...

About Us

The Daily Feeder, keep your life updated with the world’s most important political, business, and cultural news 24/7 like no any other news network can.

Subscribe Now!