Oz papers black out front pages

Sydney: Newspapers across Australia ran heavily redacted front pages on Monday in protest against government secrecy and a crackdown on press freedom, a rare show of unity in a fractious media landscape.

National and regional mastheads including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald hit newsstands with most of their front-page news stories blacked out. Advertisements have also been rolled out across the country’s television networks, asking viewers to consider the question: “When the government hides the truth from you, what are they covering up?”

The campaign by Right to Know coalition was sparked by federal police raids on national broadcaster ABC and a News Corp journalist’s home earlier this year over two stories that had proved embarrassing for government.