Quarterly Fundraiser Day Two: $1900 Still Needed to Fund my Guantánamo Work

6.9.11

Please support my work!

It’s the second day of my quarterly fundraising appeal, and I’d like to thank the six readers and supporters who, to date, have donated $600 to help me continue my research and writing on Guantánamo and torture.

I realize that times are tough, and only getting tougher, and I completely understand if you are unable to donate to support my work, but being a freelancer is a precarious experience at the best of times, and, as I explained yesterday, I was recently hit by hackers, and will have to pay out to improve the security of my site.

As I also explained, I’m particularly hoping to have your support for my latest project, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, 700,000-word series providing the most detailed information available anywhere regarding the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo.

For this project — for which the first 17 parts are complete — I’m drawing on the classified US military files released by WikiLeaks this April (an event on which I worked as a media partner), adding the information contained in those files to what I had already reported (in my book The Guantánamo Files, and in my articles over the last four and a half years), to create the most comprehensive analysis of who is still held at Guantánamo, and who has been held over the last nine years and eight months, which will be complete for the 10th anniversary of the prison’s opening on January 11, 2012.

I have some backing for this hugely time-consuming project, but if I tell you that I’m being paid just £60 ($100) for each article (each of which takes many days to research and write, and is 10,000 to 15,000 words in length), I hope you’ll understand why I’m appealing to you, my readers and supporters, to supplement my income.

Those of us who work as journalists in the new media are carving out a new world — one in which those who find the mainstream media inaccessible, or full of too many constraints, are trying to create a new environment, in which funding comes partly from organizations that are not part of the mainstream, but which are paying writers in a field where exploitation is often the norm, and also, crucially, from our readers and supporters.

If you like this model, and like the work I do, researching and writing about a topic that the Obama administration has failed to address adequately, then please help out if you can. You can click on the “Donate” button above to make a payment via PayPal.

All contributions are welcome, whether it’s $25, $100 or $500. Readers can pay via PayPal from anywhere in the world, but if you’re in the UK and want to help without using PayPal, you can send me a cheque (address here — scroll down to the bottom of the page), and if you’re not a PayPal user and want to send a check from the US (or from anywhere else in the world, for that matter), please feel free to do so, but bear in mind that I have to pay a $10/£6.50 processing fee on every transaction. Securely packaged cash is also an option!

As ever, my work would mean nothing without you, and I thank you for your support.

Andy Worthington
London
September 6, 2011

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg and YouTube). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in June 2011, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, on tour in the UK throughout 2011, and available on DVD here — or here for the US), my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles.

2 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, Malcolm Bush wrote:

    I’ll do my best. I’m looking forward to all your new work coming along.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, Malcolm. That’s very kind of you. A few more friends and supporters have made donations over the last 12 hours, but I’m still trying to raise another $1500, and any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer (The State of London).
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