The Koori Mail, one of Australia's most significant Indigenous media outlets, has just become the first ever Indigenous publication to join the Australian Press Council.
By
Luke Pearson

17 Feb 2017 - 5:15 PM  UPDATED 17 Feb 2017 - 5:15 PM

The Koori Mail was founded in 1991 by a group of five Aboriginal organisations in Bundjalung Country around Lismore, NSW.

For many Indigenous people who grew up before Facebook and Twitter, the Koori Mail was a crucial means of keeping up to date with Indigenous stories and commentary from around the country; and with a current readership of around 100,000 it is clear that it has maintained its status as a crucial voice in the Indigenous media landscape today.

 

"As Australia’s only national fortnightly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander newspaper, we are thrilled to be joining the Australian Press Council,” said General Manager, Naomi Moran. “For the past 25 years, we have been sharing news from our communities with the nation. The DNA of our publication—what makes us the voice of Indigenous Australia—is our responsibility to cultural sensitivity and understanding. With our content as the heartbeat, a good standard of media practice ensures our newspaper continues to live and breathe authentic storytelling.”

The Chair of the Press Council, Professor David Weisbrot, said: “This is an exceptionally important milestone in the 40-year development of the Press Council, one that is long overdue. We have made a concerted effort over the past two years to try to attract member publications that reflect the nature and diversity of Australian society. The editors and staff of the Koori Mail will help the Council in a variety of ways to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and better appreciate the challenges of quality media reporting of Indigenous matters,”

The Australian Press Council was established in 1976 and is responsible for promoting good standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest, and freedom of expression through the media. They hope to attract more Indigenous publications to its membership in future.

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