We need $5,000 to fight for our right to report on the ground from Fairy Creek.
IndigiNews reporters and other journalists have been denied full access to witness and report on the ongoing police action against old growth logging protestors in Pacheedaht and Ditidaht territories on Vancouver Island, known as the "Fairy Creek Blockades."
There are documented reports from numerous journalists who have been refused entry to the area of RCMP enforcement through the broad use of exclusion zones. When granted access, journalists have had that access restricted in ways that materially prevent them from doing their job.
The ability of journalists to report on matters of public interest receives strong protection under Canadian law. Injunctions, such as the one in place at Fairy Creek, are not intended to interfere with those legal rights. After numerous requests to the BC RCMP to minimize the impact of the injunction on the ability of journalists to do their job, we have no choice but to launch a legal challenge in the B.C. Supreme Court.
With your support, IndigiNews and a coalition of news organizations facilitated by the Canadian Association of Journalists will challenge the RCMP injunction to prevent further harassment and obstruction of our reporter's ability to do their jobs. Your support will fund legal costs and on-the-ground reporting expenses so that IndigiNews reporters can continue to witness at Fairy Creek.