Unicorn Riot is facing a subpoena for all of its documents collected during our reporting on the NoDAPL protests. Energy Transfer LP, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), is currently suing indigenous activists and others associated with the NoDAPL protests, and is taking legal steps to attempt to force us to give them our footage and documents. Unicorn Riot takes seriously our obligation to protect our sources and will not bend to requests for our footage and records from either the government or private corporations.
However, we have to act quickly to respond to the subpoena and are raising $4,000 for our legal defense. Unicorn Riot was served a copy of the subpoena on March 17 of this month. We are working to secure a First Amendment lawyer and expect to pay retainers for their work. We can’t predict the true cost of our legal bills but are committed to fully fighting the subpoena.
As a viewer supported media organization, Unicorn Riot works hard to deliver independent media to the world on dynamic social and environmental issues. But we need your support to make sure that our organization remains safe while a giant oil corporation is coming after us because of our work.
We are committed to bringing you hard hitting journalism and will not bow to attempts to intimidate or interfere with our reporting. Thanks for your support.