Ita goes into bat with Morrison on press free­dom

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

ABC bosses emerged from meet­ing Prime Min­is­ter Scott Morrison yes­ter­day vow­ing to keep work­ing on press free­dom.

“He’s taken on board my com­ments and we’re look­ing for­ward to work­ing to­gether and go­ing ahead,” ABC chair­woman Ita But­trose, left, said. ABC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David An­der­son said: “We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the con­ver­sa­tion and we’re go­ing to work with other me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions as well.”

Ms But­trose had ear­lier said the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice raids on the ABC of­fices and the home of Sun­day Tas­ma­nian po­lit­i­cal edi­tor An­nika Smethurst last week were de­signed to in­tim­i­date.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Paul Fletcher yes­ter­day con­ceded that “press free­dom is a bedrock prin­ci­ple in a democ­racy”.

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