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Last updated on July 27th, 2017 at 05:35 am
Much criticism lately of the Australian government’s planned anti-terrorism laws, which contain interesting new sedition provisions. Media Watch, of all places, presents a compelling argument for their immediate introduction:
This is journalist John Pilger speaking on the ABC’s Lateline programme last year, about the insurgents in Iraq:
Tony Jones: Can you approve in that context the killing of American, British or Australian troops who are in the occupying forces?
John Pilger: Well yes, they’re legitimate targets. They’re illegally occupying a country. And I would have thought from an Iraqi’s point of view they are legitimate targets. They have to be, sure.
— Lateline, ABC TV, 10 March 2004
But do we think Pilger should be charged with sedition for comments like those? Our legal advice is that he could be found guilty under s80.2 of the Draft Bill … The penalty remember is a possible 7 years in jail. Now you may not be a Pilger fan, but would you really want to silence him like that?
Hmm. Judgment reserved until we hear of any alternative methods.