ABC Raid – AFP hits press freedom minefield

The AFP raid on the ABC is just Act One in a much longer story which will turn into a lawyers' picnic and a focus for outrage.

‘Inside a hut, in the far east of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province, an Australian soldier was left alone with a captured insurgent. But while others outside prepared for a helicopter transfer, the detainee was shot dead…. That is part of a chapter heading in a 2017 ABC report called The Afghan Files. It continues:

‘The documents, many marked AUSTEO — Australian Eyes Only — suggest a growing unease at the highest levels of Defence about the culture of Australia’s special forces as they prosecuted a bloody, secretive war against insurgents across a swathe of southern Afghanistan.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.