ABC Alumni, representing former staff, condemn the recent police raid on the ABC and the seizing of journalist scripts and notes.

We express our support and concern for all ABC staff who, like us, are deeply troubled by this assault on Australia’s national broadcaster. This police action, and others like it, strike at the heart of democracy by threatening media freedom.

The threat of imprisonment of journalists and their sources for disclosing information in the public interest is completely unacceptable. So too is the action of police in raiding the ABC in such a manner and in confiscating such a wide range of journalistic material. All documents seized during this raid remain ABC property and should be returned without alteration or delay.

We believe the legislation enabling this raid should be immediately repealed. In particular, police should have no right to delete or alter a publisher’s documents. The public interest must be paramount. We call on the Federal Parliament to pass legislation to protect the rights of whistle-blowers and the media, and to prevent this kind of intimidation.

We also call on the Australian Federal Police to adopt an interim protocol to protect journalistic freedom and integrity within the current law.

Freedom of expression and media are fundamental pillars of democracy. They should be a constitutional right for all Australians.

We urge ABC staff to remain strong in the face of this unprecedented intimidation, and we commend and support the actions of ABC management, the Managing Director David Anderson and the ABC Chair Ita Buttrose in defending the organisation.

Tony Souter

Elaine D. Cooke

Kay Nankervis

Amy Tsilemanis

Peter Marks

Sue Spencer

Ranald Macdonald

Helen Grasswill

Jeff McMullen

Heather Forbes

Catherine Shirley

Matt Peacock

Penny Chapman

Sue Tronser

Sandra Levy

Andrew Thorpe

Wendy McLeod

Mark Aarons

Coral Saunders

Deborah Nesbitt

Patricia Barraclough

Ramona Koval

Helen Matthews

Nick Goldie

Therese Kutis

Lynette Haszard

John Highfield

Don Smith

Rory Sutton

Robin Hughes AO

Peter Cave

Tim Ritchie

John Tulloh

Pauline Garde

Jan Land

Andy Nehl

Lachlan Brookman

Julie Rigg

Jane Jeffes

Emeritus Professor Ed Davis AM

Anne Fitzgerald

Dan Blu

Alison Caldwell

Sharon Carleton

John Lander

Bobbie Mackley

Richard Dinnen

Peggy Hayman (McDonald)

Ian Parmenter, OAM

John Davies

Peter Martin AM

Chris Williams

Jan Forrester

Maxine McKew

Glenda McNaught

John T Tan

Dasha Ross

Ken Begg

Peter Norden AO

Jacqui Sykes

Scott Feeney

John Challis

Tim Clark

Josephine Mercer

LIindsay Somerville

Linda Boland

Debbie Whitmont

Sharon Connolly

Luciana Peloza

Pepita Conlon

Jeremy Eccles

David Brill

Dr David Adamson

Gillian Appleton

Shaun Hoyt

Mike Honey

Kate Hodges

Michelle McDonagh

Eric R Hunter

Robert Garnsey

Margaret Pomeranz

Jonathan Holmes

John Lombard

Grace Speranza

Janice Drinan

Vivien Altman

James Beattie

Janette Morris

David Bates


Margaret Reynolds, ABC Friends National

G Ruth Williams

Holly Raiche

Bill Bunbury

Christine Bratkovic

John Cleary

Jemima Garrett

Janine Burdeu

Wendy Page

Robin Sproule

Rolf de Heer

Molly Reynolds

Roslyn Simms

Robyn Ravlich

Wendy Borchers AM

Max Donnellan

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