By Lauren Ferri For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press
Published: 23:50 BST, 20 October 2019 | Updated: 23:55 BST, 20 October 2019
Australians woke up on Monday morning to find national and regional newspapers with heavily redacted front pages.
The campaign is a bid to warn readers of growing censorship and attacks on press freedom by the federal government.
Print on the front pages of dozens of title mimicked a heavily censored government document, warning against creeping laws that allow elected governments to cover-up scandals and hide or restrict information.
Australia's media outlets have united in a massive campaign to issue a stark warning about growing censorship and attacks on press freedom by the federal government
Over the past two decades, laws have been implemented which effectively criminalise journalism and whistleblowing, even when wrongdoing or important information about government decisions are exposed.
The front pages warn federal and other governments are pursuing restrictions on news reporting, asking 'when government keeps the truth from you, what are they covering up?'.
'Australians should always be suspicious of governments that want to restrict their right to know what's going on,' News Corp Australasia's executive chairman Michael Miller said.
Just weeks after the May federal election, federal police officers raided News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst's home over a national security story she had written more than a year earlier.
Some 88 per cent of Australians want stronger protections for whistle-blowers
The next day, police raided ABC offices about another national security story two journalists had written two years earlier.
The raids made international news, but so far none of the journalists involved have been told whether or not they will face jail time for reporting in the public interest.
'This is much bigger than the media. It's about defending the basic right of every Australian to be