First Nations media has been caught in the crossfire of Facebook battle with Australian news | Naomi Moran

First Nations media has been caught in the crossfire of Facebook battle with Australian news | Naomi Moran

The Guardian

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Having our voices restricted is unacceptable. Our communities have been traumatised and silenced enough

The First Nations media industry has not been immune to the economic challenges facing all media, which have only been heightened by the pandemic. We watched warily as regional newsrooms across the country closed down and held our breath wondering what that would mean for our own. We noted the subsidence of ABC services, no longer able to maintain retransmission services to remote communities. We tried to fill the gaps as best we can with the ongoing shoestring budgets available to us.

Our priority has always been to make sure our communities have the information they need in an accessible way. Sometimes that means our content is broadcast in Indigenous languages, sometimes it means adapting messages to resonate with local communities the best way only we know how. We’re acutely aware of cultural appropriateness. Our reporters are, after all, members of the community themselves. We are answerable to our audiences when we’re preparing stories, just as much when we see our mob at the shops, or walking down the street.

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