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Media freedom campaign draws swift responses

Front pages of Australian newspapers

Politicians have added their voices to a chorus of Australia's media outlets, united in a massive campaign to warn against growing censorship and attacks on press freedom by the federal government.

The nation's major commercial and public media companies, including SBS, the ABC, Nine and News Corp, say creeping laws are allowing elected governments to cover-up scandals and hide or restrict information.

The front pages of the major newspapers on Monday(October 21) were covered with illustrations of a heavily redacted government document, alongside an advertising campaign challenging laws that effectively criminalise journalism and whistleblowing.

It comes as the Australian Federal Police review their handling of sensitive investigations, following raids on two media organisation.

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