Australia passes security law to combat Islamist militants, raises fears for press freedom

October 1, 2014 7:32 AM

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Australia passes security law to combat Islamist militants, raises fears for press freedom

The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia's government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament on Wednesday, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security.

Australia is increasingly concerned over the number of its citizens heading to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside radical Islamists, and police said they foiled a plot by the Islamic State group last month to behead a random Australian citizen.

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