Journalists joke about whose phone records were accessed by the Australian federal police, but this legal failure is no laughing matter

Australia’s annual press freedom dinner took place on Friday night. While it should be an occasion to celebrate journalism and the free democracy we live in, it was somewhat sullied by the revelation that the Australian federal police had unlawfully accessed a journalist’s phone records.

The question of the night was: “Is it you?” There was even talk of a sweep being prepared with odds on which journalist was the victim.

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