Morrison and Albanese will meet today to discuss press freedom

Morrison and Albanese will meet today to discuss press freedom

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will meet today to discuss an inquiry into press freedom.

The meeting comes after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids raided the home of News Corp reporter Annika Smethurst and the ABC’s Sydney headquarters last month.

After the raids, media organisations called for enhanced protections for journalists.

The inquiry will examine how police and intelligence agencies have impacted press freedom in Australia.

Mr Morrison wants the inquiry to be carried out by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, while Mr Albanese wants a much more comprehensive inquiry.

The Government’s proposal would assess the threshold for when police should pursue leaks to journalists.

Labor’s proposal would examine disclosure and public reporting of sensitive and classified information, as well as consider whistleblower and public servant protections.

Furthermore, the independence of the AFP would be looked into, as well as how the Government reports leaks to authorities.

Labor’s home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally said she wants Parliament to obtain the right balance between national security, press freedom and the public’s right to know.

Labor’s proposed inquiry will be put forward to the Senate on Thursday.

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