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Journalists 'at risk of jail time' under new foreign interference laws

Australia’s largest media organisations fear that new foreign interference laws could see journalists thrown in jail.

The laws would see the definition of espionage expanded to include possessing classified information – rather than the current definition which only outlaws communicating it.

In a joint submission to a parliamentary committee, over 15 media organisations including Fairfax, ABC and News Corp told the Government they cannot support the bill unless specific exemptions are made for journalists.

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  • Monday, 19 February 2018

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