An Attack on Turtle Island News

In southern Ontario, an unknown person drove a stolen truck into the office of a First Nation’s newspaper and started a blaze in the early hours of October 28, 2019.

The office of Turtle Island News, which is located in the Six Nations of the Grand River near Hamilton, suffered approximately $150,000 worth of damage.

“Police told me we were targeted,” said Lynda Powless, the newspaper’s owner and publisher. “This was an attack on free speech and a free press in First Nation communities.”

 

REPORTAGE

Chantel Grillo and Adam Atkinson of CHCH News report:

https://www.chch.com/turtle-island-news-target-of-arson/

 

Liam Casey of the Canadian Press reports:

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-first-nation-newsroom-set-on-fire-in-targeted-attack-publisher-1.4664917

 

COMMENTARY

The Committee to Protect Journalists comments:

https://cpj.org/2019/11/arson-attack-damages-indigenous-newspaper-office-i.php

 

The Canadian Association of Journalists comments:

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/caj-condemns-attack-on-turtle-island-news-885407919.html