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UQP acquires collection from celebrated Indigenous journalist Amy McQuire
Posted 02.09.2020

UQP acquires collection from celebrated Indigenous journalist Amy McQuire

UQP is delighted to announce that we have acquired a new book from Amy McQuire, Black Witness: The Power of Indigenous Media, an updated collection of her journalism.

Amy McQuire has been reporting on Indigenous affairs since she was 17 years old. Over the past 15 years, she has investigated all the key issues involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including Black deaths in custody, the Palm Island uprising, the Bowraville murders, the wrongful conviction of Aboriginal man Kevin Henry and the NT Intervention. During this time she has witnessed the misrepresentation of these events in the mainstream media and also their omission and silencing altogether.

For various reasons and in myriad ways, mainstream media has again and again failed to report responsibly or comprehensively on Indigenous affairs. Black Witness is the essential collection of Aboriginal journalism that we need right now - and always have.

Amy McQuire says of this book:

'This work is about centering and privileging the accounts of Black witnesses, who have been denigrated, sidelined and silenced over the past 200 years. Over the course of my career, I have seen how the mainstream media has not only been used as a voice for the powerful over the powerless, but a perpetrator of violence in itself. This work is about acknowledging the truth telling of our own people in whatever form it takes and our continual resistance against racist violence. It is not about assimilating into mainstream media, but about fostering our own voices in our own independent media.'

Aviva Tuffield: 'For fifteen years, Amy has been on the frontline of Aboriginal journalism, thoroughly and accurately reporting on Indigenous affairs, including hundreds of deaths in custody with no convictions, and numerous miscarriages of justice and instances of systemic racism. Her work embodies the definition of public-interest journalism, which holds the powerful to account and aims to make the world a more equitable place.'

Black Witness will be published in the second half of 2021.

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist with 15 years' experience working in independent and Aboriginal media. She has edited both the National Indigenous Times and Tracker Magazine, and has worked for Meanjin, Griffith Review, New York Times, Washington Post and The Saturday Paper. She was a finalist for the 2019 Walkley Award for Coverage of Indigenous Affairs and was named a 2020 'Substack Fellow' and is currently shortlisted in the Queensland Clarion Awards for excellence in media. For the past three years, she has been co-hosting an investigative podcast, Curtain. She was also the researcher on John Pilger's Utopia documentary. Amy is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland with a focus on media representations of violence against Aboriginal women.

For more information please contact Louise Cornegé, Marketing & Publicity Manager, on louisec@uqp.uq.edu.au or 07 3346 7932.