It’s the third day of my quarterly fundraiser in which I ask you, my readers and supporters, to donate to support my work as an independent journalist, researching, writing about, and campaigning to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. I’m seeking $2500 to support my work over the next three months, With the help of seven friends and supporters, I’ve raised $1000 in the last few days, but I’m still hoping to raise another $1500 to keep me working over the next three months. Please click on the link above if you can help out.
Your support — and your support alone — funds the majority of my work, and it is no exaggeration to say that, without you, I wouldn’t be able to write and publish the majority of the 70 or so articles that I hope to be making available over the next three months. Your donations also cover my other work — the personal appearances, the TV and radio interviews, and the maintenance of this website and various social media sites associated with it.
All contributions are welcome, whether it’s $25, $100 or $500 — or, of course, the equivalent in pounds sterling or any other currency. You can also make a recurring payment on a monthly basis by ticking the box marked, “Make This Recurring (Monthly),” and if you are able to do so, it would be very much appreciated.
Readers can pay via PayPal from anywhere in the world (click on the link at the top of this article), 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). 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!
Although I receive some financial support for my “Close Guantánamo” work, most of what I do is unpaid — or, to be more accurate, is, with your assistance, reader-supported journalism, a model of journalism that has really taken off with the rise of the internet and of blogging, and which, as Glenn Greenwald wrote in a column in June, “liberates good journalists from the constraints imposed by exclusive reliance on corporate advertisers and media corporations,” and “enables journalism that is truly in the public interest — and that actually engages, informs, and inspires its readers — to be primarily accountable to those readers.”
So thanks again for all your support. With your help, I will keep on shining a light on the monstrous and ongoing injustice of Guantánamo, telling the stories of the men held there, and campaigning for its long-overdue closure, and an end to indefinite detention without charge or trial, which is the hallmark not of civilized nations, but of brutal dictatorships.
September 18, 2013
Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer and film-maker. He is the co-founder of the “Close Guantánamo” campaign, and 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. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here — or here for the US).
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On Facebook, Diana Murtaugh Coleman wrote:
It took until day three, so I’m glad that you have these gentle reminders, but I’ve made mine. Hope you make-and exceed-the goal!
Thanks Diana. That’s very kind of you. I have now had donations from ten friends and supporters, and am nearly halfway to my target. Making and exceeding the goal would be very helpful!
Neil Mckenna wrote:
Small donation wending its way to you Andy. Keep up the great work for all of us, friend.
Thank you, Neil. That’s very kind of you.
Natashja de Wolf wrote:
sent a little yesterday
Yes, thank you very much, Natashja. Much appreciated.
Natashja de Wolf wrote:
thank YOU Andy!
I have now had a donation from a 12th friend and supporter, and have reached half of my target of $2500. If you can help me to get closer to my target – which works out at less than $200 a week to support my work over the next three months – I’d be very grateful.
It’s Day 5 of my quarterly fundraiser, for my reader-funded work on Guantanamo, and, thanks to 13 friends and supporters, I’m halfway to my target of $2500 (£1500) for the next three months – that’s just $200 a week for my relentless work publicizing and campaigning for the closure of Guantanamo. Thanks for your support.
George Kenneth Berger wrote:
I just sent some money, Andy.
Thanks, George. That’s very much appreciated.
Tenzin Angmo wrote:
Just donated a little, Andy.
Natashja de Wolf wrote:
I chipped in a bit more … You deserve it! and thanks…
Thank you, Tenzin and Natashja. That’s very kind of you.
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.
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