Fortescue forces gag order on native title meeting video

Fortescue Metals has threatened legal action to remove a video of its recent native title meeting in Roeburne.

Entitled “FMG’s Great Native Title Swindle”, the video is of a meeting which shows Fortescue head Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest speaking to the local Yindjibarndi people regarding the Solomon Hub development in Western Australia’s Hammersley Ranges.

Twiggy has been attempting to negotiate use of the land for mining, with local Indigenous group the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) claiming the compensation offer is inadequate and “a rip-off”.

The miner is reportedly offering $10 million annually, $4 million of which will be in cash with the remaining $6 million to be offered in infrastructure, employment and education.

The legal counsel representing Vimeo, which hosted the video, informed the YAC that “Vimeo has removed this video after receiving correspondence from lawyers for Fortescue Metals Group and its CEO alleging that the video contained defamatory and misleading statements about them.”

Speaking of the video, YAC chief Michael Woodley said “this video, it puts you right in the room with us, and lets you get an idea of how it feels to be bullied and abused by Twiggy Forrest and FMG.”

However, Fortescue spokesman Cameron Morse told Crikey.com.au that the miner had had no contact with Vimeo regarding the video.

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