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Australia's proposed secrecy laws raise press freedom fears

Opposition demands greater protection for journalists

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Proposals to tighten Australia's national security laws, announced against a backdrop of rising anxiety about Chinese interference in local politics, have sparked fears for press freedom in one of the most open democracies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under new laws unveiled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's coalition government in December, anyone who communicates or "deals with" sensitive government information without authorization would face up to 20 years in jail.

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