The Press Council has announced its first Indigenous publication, the Koori Mail as a member.
The Koori Mail is an Indigenous fortnightly newspaper with a readership of approximately 100,000 people, providing news, commentary and advertisements.
Naomi Moran, general manager, said: “As Australia’s only national fortnightly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander newspaper, we are thrilled to be joining the Australian Press Council.
“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.”
Aboriginal owned and self-funded, the paper was founded in 1991 by five Aboriginal organisations in Bundjalung Country, which is around Lismore northern New South Wales.
David Weisbrot, the chair of the Press Council, said: “This is an exceptionally important milestone in the 40-year development of the Press Council, one that is long overdue.
“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.”