US – RSF joins statement urging the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to reinstate its free press act

first_imgDuring debate on the measure, elected officials cited a desire to see “more positive stories” in the newspaper. Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence Screenshot: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs News News The new historians of the Muscogee (Creek) hold the responsibility of passing on a complete history of the nation to the next generation. The council’s actions sever its ties to its past and future by failing to recognize the importance of those stories and the journalists telling them. News RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF, the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), and other free press advocates condemn the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s decision to repeal its press freedom law, which was implemented in 2015 to grant editorial independence to the tribe’s media division. The repeal of this law placed local tribally-funded media outlet Mvskoke Media under the tribe’s executive branch, dissolved the agency’s editorial board, and placed staff under the direction of the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce. The move by the nation’s tribal council is an alarming attack on press freedom in Indian Country. By repealing the law, the tribal council has dissolved the firewall between reporters and government officials, placing Mvskoke Media staff under the direction of the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce, Elijah W. McIntosh.Indigenous journalism plays a critical role in supporting tribal sovereignty and self-determination. From holding the powerful accountable to disseminating stories of cultural significance, a free and independent Indigenous press supports the goals of tribal nations by providing an open public forum for community voices. The council’s actions undermine this role and demean this traditional responsibility. United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence News Signed,Native American Journalists AssociationReporters Without Borders Indigenous Media Freedom AllianceReporters Committee for Freedom of the PressCommittee to Protect Journalists  RSF and its partners call for the immediate reinstatement of the free press act and for Muscogee (Creek) officials to allow citizens to receive, and impart, information without government interference. NAJA has since confirmed that staff of Mvskoke Media, a tribally-funded media outlet, have been instructed to send all future content to the executive branch for approval. This is a direct form of censorship and restricts the ability of Mvskoke Media reporters to seek truth and report on stories of importance to Muscogee (Creek) citizens. June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say The legal code of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation should reflect its values, and the repeal of the free press act is a direct attack on a fundamental Indigenous right. November 16, 2018 US – RSF joins statement urging the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to reinstate its free press act On Nov. 7, the Muscogee (Creek) National Council introduced legislation to repeal the free press act. It was signed into law by Principal Chief James Floyd within 24 hours. June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more