ABC’s headquarters was raided over an article on alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan [ABC via AP]

Australia‘s three largest media organisations have joined forces to demand legal reforms to protect press freedom, saying current legislation is outdated, inconsistent and being used by the powerful to keep embarrassing information secret.

Media bosses from News Corp Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and Nine Entertainment made the demand while addressing Australia’s National Press Club on Wednesday.

The rare show of unity by Australia’s usually tribal media industry underscored concern about a lack of legal protection for journalists.

The issue gained international attention following unprecedented raids by police earlier this month on the ABC’s head office in Sydney and a News Corp

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