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Australia: Why the newspapers black their covers black

A In protest of an increasing restriction on freedom of the press, Australia's major newspapers appeared on Monday with blackened faces. On sheets such as the Sydney Morning Herald or Australian hidden black bars text and photos.

They protested against a series of stricter laws that complicate journalists' work and against police attacks in editorial rooms.

19659002] The campaign motto was "Your Right to Know". A total of 19 newspapers and journalist associations participated in it. They appealed to Prime Minister Scott Morrison's right-wing Conservative government to better protect press freedom. Their requirements include more rights for so-called whistleblowers who provide information to journalists.

"The world's most mysterious democracy"?

According to the alliance, the Australian Parliament has adopted more than 60 laws in recent years and revealed scandals and complaints complicate.

The newspapers also received support from TV and radio stations. ABC broadcaster David Anderson said: "Australia risks becoming the world's most mysterious democracy."

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