Melbourne: An unprecedented incident has taken place in Australia, where the first page of all newspapers in the country was printed black on Monday morning. The newspapers have taken this step to oppose the efforts to curb the media in the country. Newspapers say that the stringent law of the Australian Government is preventing them from getting information to the people. Newspapers took this method of keeping the pages black in June this year as part of ongoing protests over the incident of a raid at the headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), a large media conglomerate in Australia and at the home of a journalist.
The raids were carried out after some articles were published based on information leaked from whistleblowers. This newspaper campaign - Right to No Coalition - is also being supported by many television, radio and online groups. These campaigners say that in the last two decades, such stringent security laws have been implemented in Australia, which is threatening the investigative journalism.
New laws were introduced last year following which media organizations are campaigning for concessions in reporting sensitive cases to journalists and whistleblowers. On Monday, the country's largest newspaper and its contestants, in solidarity, painted all the words written on their front pages in black ink and also put a red seal on them, which read "Secret". These newspapers state that reporting is being curbed due to national security laws and a "culture of privacy" has formed in the country.