Australian Police Drop Case Against Journalist Who Reported War Crimes

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Australian Police Drop Case Against Journalist Who Reported War Crimes

Australian police say they will not prosecute a journalist for his reporting on alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers.

The coverage by Dan Oakes for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 2017 was based on leaks from government whistleblowers.

Last year, police raided the ABC’s Sydney newsroom and said the reporting had breached national security laws.

The ABC welcomed the police decision on Thursday, but called for law changes.

Police had outlined three potential criminal charges.

“It’s 763 days since Dan was told he was a ‘suspect’,” said John Lyons, the ABC’s head of investigative journalism.

“[He] should not have endured this. Media law reform is vital.”

The raids on the ABC and the home of a News Corp Australia journalist had sparked a backlash from the media and press freedom advocates.

A further 22,951 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed on Wednesday. “We have to act. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus,” Mr Macron said in a television address.

The president added that this wave of Covid-19 was different to the outbreak in the spring because the virus had spread to all parts of France.

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The country managed to control the first outbreak by introducing a national lockdown.

It then opened bars and restaurants in the summer, and allowed foreign tourists to visit as part of an effort to boost the ailing economy. Schools reopened and universities began teaching in person classes in early autumn.

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But since August the number of reported cases has accelerated quickly.

Wednesday was the third time in six days that France reported more than 20,000 new infections. Mr Macron said the new measures aimed to reduce daily cases to around 3,000.

As with the first wave of Covid-19, there is concern that hospitals and intensive care units will become overwhelmed with patients.

 

Australian Police Drop Case Against Journalist Who Reported War Crimes

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