‘Medevac’ law: Australia denies medical evacuations for refugees

Australia has controversially repealed a law which allowed sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country. The government’s push to scrap the “medevac” law – passed by opposition MPs in February – has drawn criticism as cruel and inhumane. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison argued the law had presented a “national security” risk. […]

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Country: Australia
Source: AA , BBC



Australian newspapers black out front pages as media unites to defend press freedom

The biggest news outlets in Australia, normally fierce rivals, are uniting in support of press freedom with a campaign including blacked-out newspaper front pages and slots on prime time broadcasts. The newspapers and networks are trying to “to highlight the constraints on media organizations under strict national security legislation,” Australia’s ABC network reported. The news outlets have […]

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Country: Australia
Source: Trt Haber , CNN



Police raid ABC headquarters over Afghanistan stories

Police in Australia raided the headquarters of national broadcaster ABC in connection with a series of stories it ran in 2017 on accusations of unlawful killings committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. The operation on Wednesday came just a day after police raided the Canberra home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst about a report […]

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Country: Australia
Source: BBC , Aljazeera




Australia’s security bill threatens journalists and whistleblowers

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Australian government to remove secrecy and espionage provisions from a proposed national security law that could result in journalists being sent to prison just for doing their job. Several provisions in the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government plans to submit soon to […]

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Country: Australia
Source: ifex




Austrian soldiers to stop migrants from Italy

Austria is building up a stronger police and military presence on its borders in an attempt to reduce the number of asylum seekers trying to enter via Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. Austria is sending soldiers to stop migrants coming from Italy, while Bulgaria has said the EU should “defend” its borders by “force of […]

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Country: Australia
Source: EU Observer




‘Island of despair’: Australia intentionally torturing refugees on Nauru, says major Amnesty International report

The Australian government is responsible for the deliberate and systematic torture of refugees on Nauru and should be held accountable under international law, according to a major new report informed by unprecedented access to the secretive island. Amnesty International said it had interviewed 62 refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, and more than a dozen […]

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Country: Australia
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald , Amnesty International