Just extraordinary. Today the Australian Federal Police raided a private television broadcaster – Channel Seven – to hunt around for evidence that Seven was paying Schapelle Corby for an interview that hasn’t happened yet.
There were “heated scenes” at Channel Seven’s Sydney headquarters today as its offices were raided by the AFP.
It is understood Federal police were looking for evidence of the lucrative media deal the Corby family reportedly signed on behalf of Schapelle for her first post-prison interview with Seven’s current affairs flagship program, Sunday Night.
The AFP confirmed it conducted a number of search warrants in Sydney under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
As I argued in this recent FreedomWatch post, Australia’s literary proceeds of crime laws are a restriction on freedom of speech. An AFP raid on a media organisation is an incredibly serious thing.