Australian Home Affairs Minister Puts Foreign Journalists on Notice

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has warned foreign journalists operating in Australia will be under scrutiny of federal agencies if they are providing a “slanted view to a particular community.”

”If people are here as journalists and theyre reporting fairly on the news, then thats fine,” Dutton told the ABC televisions Insiders program.

His comments came after a week when two Australian journalists had to be evacuated from China having taken shelter in Australian diplomatic compounds after being questioned by Chinese police.

Dutton declined to confirm that four Chinese journalists were contacted by Australias intelligence agency in June, only to say there was “ASIO activity.”

“Where ASIO has sufficient grounds for the execution of a search warrant, or for activities otherwise, then theyll undertake that activity,” he said.

“If people are masquerading as journalists or business leaders or whoever they might be, and theres evidence that they are acting in a contrary nature to Australian law, then ASIO and the Australian Federal Police and other agencies will act.”

He said there was no evidence yet that the actions by the Australian agencies was what lead to Chinese police questioning Australian journalists in China.

Dutton declined to comment on a third Australian journalist, Cheng Lei, who is being held by Chinese Read More – Source

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