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Journalists collateral damage in row between Australia and China

Source: SBS

The Chinese government is claiming Australian authorities searched and seized items from the homes of four Chinese state media reporters in Australia.

The federal Attorney-General and ASIO have declined to comment on the alleged raids, which are said to have taken place in June.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan claims Australia has acted irrationally and hypocritically.

Chinese authorities say Australian authorities cited a possible violation of Australia's foreign interference laws was the reason for the raids.

Earlier this week, Australian reporters Bill Birtles and Michael Smith were forced to return from China abruptly, after being questioned by China's state security ministry, amidst worsening relations between the two countries.

Correspondent Gabriele Battaglia tells SBS Italian why journalists from both sides have been targeted.

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