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Australian journalists found themselves asking a shocking question this week could they be sent to jail for leaks of classified information according to lawmakers in the forties in the country on Thursday it's entirely possible as police said they were broadening the scope of investigations following raids on to news organizations in as many days on Wednesday Australian federal police agents raided the headquarters of the A. B. C. the national broadcaster seizing files and documents related to a story published in twenty seventeen that story focused on Australian special forces alleged misconduct in Afghanistan and the day before a federal raid targeted the home of the political editor of a news Corp paper the company says that raid related to an article about plans to spy on Australians emails text messages and bank accounts police say the two raids were unrelated but they've triggered a wave of complaints of assaults on press freedom on Wednesday the editorial chief of the A. B. C. went as far to say the raids were part of an Australia he didn't recognize to have a warrant executed on the headquarters of the national public broadcasting in this one account stated enough is an unwelcome development it is really serious and we take it very very seriously %HESITATION and you know %HESITATION it feels uncomfortable because in this is a personal comment it's not the Australia online the federal police initially said the raids were in relation to alleged crimes of leaking classified information suggesting media that have received that type of information would not be affected but police later changed a statement on their website to include the possible crimes of receiving national secrets and on Thursday the acting head of the A. F. P. said while the authority supports press freedom they couldn't rule anyone out of an active investigation that that man is on going I'm not going to rule in or rule out %HESITATION anyone being subject to defer the charges after the raids opposition Labour Party senator Kristina Keneally tweeted that the government needed to insure press freedom was protected along side to national security prime minister Scott Morrison said from the U. K. that , police had acted independently and that he was quote always open to discuss issues relating to laws impacting media freedom