The ABC has bumped up its security at all its major offices after threatening phone calls were made following the recent brouhaha over its Q&A segment.
“There have been a number of threatening phone calls,” a spokesman for the ABC told Sydney Morning Herald. “Security has been stepped up at major ABC offices across Australia”.
The spokesman said more than 1000 complaints had been received.
Sydney’s ABC Centre in Ultimo has reverted to ‘after-hours’ security arrangements, meaning only staff are allowed entry to the building.
A leaked email to ABC staff said:“While on ABC property, ABC staff should wear their security passes at all times and ensure passes are visible at all times.”
Twitter responses were largely critical of wider media criticism:
no threat from Zaky but Tony’s right wing idiots threaten the ABC, well done PM – you half wit http://t.co/ip0yZflZQp
— Kim Jong Abbott (@AussieRock) June 25, 2015
— Dean Frenkel (@DeanFrenkel) June 25, 2015
ABC in lockdown following violent threats against it from people opposing Muslim who has made threats of violence
— MegClark (@MargaretClark12) June 25, 2015
Yes folks, Australians believe it’s ok to threaten and abuse ABC staff for allowing someone to share an opinion. http://t.co/JiJWm0u0GV
— Simon Harris (@haruki_zaemon) June 25, 2015
Example of the government rhetoric making Australia a safer place? http://t.co/EBP1DVniu8
— Tim Dean (@ockhamsbeard) June 25, 2015
— Dan Smith (@0DanSmith) June 25, 2015