18 June 2021: The whistleblower dubbed Witness K convicted for exposing Australian misconduct in a spy operation in East Timor.1

19 May 2021: A Press Freedom Senate Inquiry demands government agencies should have to prove "real and serious" harm caused by the publication of classified intelligence and information before a criminal investigation can be launched.2

15 March 2021: Then Attorney-General Christian Porter launches defamation proceedings against the ABC and journalist Louise Milligan for reporting historical rape allegations by an unnamed minister.3

9 December 2020: Australian Government rushes through laws granting ASIO sweeping new powers to interrogate journalists with the risk of prison for not revealing confidential sources.4

19 November 2020: The Brereton report is publicly released, exposing the murder of civilians by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.5

4 September 2019: The AFP raids the Canberra home of an intelligence officer. News Corp exec Campbell Reid decries the raids – "Today we are seeing that process of intimidation continue."6

29 August 2019: Dutton's right hand man and Home Affairs boss Mike Pezzullo congratulates the AFP for doing a "good job" for raiding Annika Smethurst and the ABC in June.7

5 June 2019: Federal Police raid ABC offices to seize documents relating to its 2017 investigation into allegations of Australian soldiers unlawfully killing Afghan civilians.8

4 June 2019: Federal Police raid News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst's home about a story she wrote over a year ago exposing a government plans to spy on its own citizens using military technology.9

December 2018: Anti-encryption laws are passed with bipartisan support, undermining journalists' ability to protect the identity of sources and whistleblowers.10

July 2018: Australian Government greenlights prosecution of Witness K and their lawyer Bernard Collaery for exposing a secret government operation to spy on Timor Leste during negotiations for a lucrative oil and gas deal.11

June 2018: New espionage laws are passed with bipartisan support, threatening journalists with heavy prison sentences for reporting against 'Australian interests'.12

January 2018: The ABC hands back hundreds of leaked Cabinet documents amid accusations of intense government pressure.13

[1] Former Australian spy Witness K spared jail time over conspiracy charges relating to alleged spying on East Timor, ABC, 18 June 2021.
[2] Press freedom inquiry demands government proves actual harm from journalists publishing classified information, ABC, 19 May 2021 [3] Christian Porter's defamation action threatens to further chill public interest journalism, The Guardian, 16 March 2021.
[4] 'Chilling attack on democracy': proposed Asio powers could be used against journalists, The Guardian, 20 October 2020.
[5] Key findings of the Brereton report into allegations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan, The Guardian, 19 November 2020.
[6] 'AFP officers raid home of former government adviser in Canberra', News.com, 4 September 2019
[7] ''Well done': home affairs chief Mike Pezzullo praised police for raiding journalist's home', The Guardian, 29 August 2019
[8] 'ABC's Sydney headquarters raided by Australian Federal Police over Afghan Files stories', ABC, 5 June 2019
[9] 'Australian Federal Police raid News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst's home over alleged national security leak', ABC, 4 June 2019
[10] 'Obviously dangerous': Labor doubles down on encryption bill with press freedom warning', SMH, 1 December 2018
[11] 'Australia urged to drop Witness K prosecution due to 'chilling effect' on democracy', The Guardian, 24 July 2018
[12] 'Sweeping changes to espionage, treason and secrecy laws as foreign interference bills pass', SBS News, 28 June 2018
[13] 'ABC admits it ignored 'thousands of pages' from the Cabinet Files', Crikey, 11 April 2018