NAJA releases Reporter’s Arrest Guide for journalists covering protests

Posted by Native American Journalists Association on 02/20/2017

NORMAN, Okla. - The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) issued the Reporter's Arrest Guide in response to the unlawful detention of multiple journalists while covering protests associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

NAJA’s free guide serves as a resource for journalists and outlets covering DAPL activities.

The safety of reporters is essential to providing accurate, relevant coverage of situations. NAJA urges journalists to avoid detainment by observing legal directives but also understands that arrest is still possible despite compliance with the law. By preparing for the worst, journalists can ensure their experiences are documented and stories are preserved.

The release of the guide marks NAJA’s fourth installment in the Reporter’s Guide series, which includes tips on covering the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and other aspects of the DAPL for Native American and mainstream media.

There is no cost to access the resource guides, which are available for download on the NAJA website at: http://www.naja.com/resources/reporter-s-guide-to-avoiding-arrest/.