A raid by the Australian Federal Police is currently underway at the ABC offices in Sydney, over a series of 2017 stories known as The Afghan Files.
The stories, by ABC investigative journalists Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, revealed allegations of unlawful killings and misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.
The search warrant names Oakes, Clark and ABC’s Director of News Gaven Morris.
The raid comes one day after the AFP executed search warrants on the home of a News Corp journalist who had reported on secret plans to allow government spying.
ABC Managing Director David Anderson said, “It is highly unusual for the national broadcaster to be raided in this way. This is a serious development and raises legitimate concerns over freedom of the press and proper public scrutiny of national security and defence matters.
“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.”
Free TV Australia has also issued a statement expressing serious concerns.
This post updates.