• The constitutional convention at Uluru is the latest step in the long-running debate on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians. (NITV)
NITV has been barred from further coverage of the Constitutional recognition forum in the Northern Territory after its organisers claimed a press conference earlier in the day had been a secret and under embargo.
26 May 2017 - 4:36 PM  UPDATED 26 May 2017 - 8:24 PM

Earlier today NITV reporters were invited to film and report on a media conference held by the Constitutional Recognition forum.

The media were told that later that day a full statement would be released to the media, but until 4pm it was under embargo.

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Referendum Council representatives, Pat Anderson and Megan Davis then addressed the media conference which was recorded and reported online and on air by NITV who have been the principal media organisation covering the forum for the last three days.

NITV reporters at the media conference did not realise this event was also embargoed and when forum organisers realised it had been reported on, informed NITV they were being ejected from the forum and would be unable to provide any further coverage.

NITV is the leading national media organisation for Indigenous affairs, we believe this is a simple misunderstanding and that to deny our audience coverage of the event is unconsidered and will leave Indigenous Australia less informed about a vitally important story.