Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 3, 2019

A News Revolution: Stop the lies. Stop the thieves. Stop the fear.

Censored News photos through the years: Indigenous Peoples Summit on Tohono O'odham Nation, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jamaica, Havasupai Opposed to Uranium Gathering, AIM West Conference, and Zapatistas in Sonora, Mexico. Photos by Brenda Norrell

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

We need a news revolution: 'Stop the lies. Stop the thieves. Stop the fear. Tell the truth. Uphold honor and integrity.'
One aspect of good journalism is to tell both sides of the story. However, this has degenerated into mainstream articles full of lies. If a person is quoted telling lies, in opposition to facts, the reporter should make it clear that the person is lying.
Along with stopping the lies, the media with means should halt the illegal sale and reproduction of their articles by plagiarizers and re-writers, especially on Facebook.
This theft for profit ultimately leads to money in the pockets of thieves, and not enough money to send reporters out on news stories.

The thieves make money by way of posting stolen articles and stolen photos along with their advertising, clickbait, Adwords, and other schemes.
Being present is vital to good journalism and truth. Being present is also expensive. Travel is very expensive. Many reporters pay expenses out of their own pockets, then the thieves turn a profit.

Along with this, those reporters who stay home and steal other reporters and photographers work should come clean and stop taking paychecks for theft and deception.
Some reporters have spent their entire lives sitting home and doing this. They are deceiving their readers.

When it comes to fear, publishers and editors seem to be full of this. Some newsrooms are full of fear. Publishers and editors are afraid of lawsuits, afraid of the public, and especially afraid of politicians, both national and local politicians.

Publishers and editors are also afraid of going broke and are not fearless enough to either just let it rip and tell the truth, and go down with honor, or to take effective means to survive. The latter includes filing lawsuits against the thieves on Facebook, and elsewhere on the Internet, which make it impossible for them to turn a profit.

And of course, everyone seems to be afraid of their bosses, owners, and handlers. Fear is everywhere in the news, even in alternative news.
This fear is apparent in the lack of coverage of Palestine, and in the cases where elected tribal governments violate the rights of Native people.

In Indian Country, the most censored are the people who live on the land and fight corporations and harmful development. This includes uranium, copper and coal mining and fracking.

If you examine national news articles, you will find most promote corporate interests over the rights of Indigenous Peoples. They do this by downplaying or ignoring altogether Native comments.
Eventually, news writers and publishers will have to take back their content.
Ultimately, reporters will have to figure out that they have to be present on news stories to report accurately and stop the deception.

Someday, once again, the profits must go to those who are out there somewhere covering the news, and the publishers and editors who make it possible.

Reading and writing are fundamental. They are great arts to be celebrated and enjoyed. Both are endangered by the ease of the Internet -- with the convenience of quick headlines, and the ease of videos. Now, too often reading news articles is replaced by reading headlines and snippets. The hard work of writing news articles is often replaced with the ease of video.

The best ingredient for good journalism is to love what you do, and do it with passion.
This is not the same as having fun. It can be fun at times, but most often it is very hard work. Many journalists have sacrificed their lives for truth.
Others get up everyday and do the work, whether they are paid for it or not.

In the end, all you are responsible for doing, is the best job you can.
Thanks for helping move the process of a news revolution along by not sharing the work of thieves. Thanks for reading and sharing authentic news.

About the author and Censored News

Brenda Norrell is the publisher of Censored News, a collective of writers, photographers and broadcasters. Norrell has been a journalist in Indian Country for 37 years.

She began as a reporter at Navajo Times in 1982, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. She also worked as a news stringer for The Associated Press, USA Today, and other publications on the Navajo Nation. She served as a news stringer for Lakota Times. After working as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today in the Southwest, she was censored and terminated in 2006. She began Censored News to share those stories which were being censored.

Censored News provided live coverage of the Zapatistas in Mexico; the five-month Longest Walk northern route in 2008; AIM West Conferences; the Mother Earth Conference in Bolivia; the UN Climate Conference in Cancun and the hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, focused on Standing Rock and the US Mexico border, held in Jamaica in May of 2019.

Censored News aired live broadcasts, with Govinda at Earthcycles, from the Leonard Peltier Indigenous Peoples and Boarding Schools Summits in Oneida, Wisconsin; the U.S. Mexico border; and gatherings on the lands of the Western Shoshone, Dine', Tohono O'odham, Havasupai and Acoma Pueblo. With translators, Censored News has shared breaking news of Indigenous Peoples and human rights around the world.

Censored News has no ads, grants or revenues.

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