Dear TOL Friend,
Do you live in a country where the media are not beholden to political
or business interests? Where journalists are free to write they want,
without fear of fines, beatings, imprisonment, or worse?
If so, consider yourself one of a privileged few – a mere 14 percent of
the world’s population, according to Freedom House.
Today, the vast majority – more than six billion people – live in countries
where journalists risk their careers, and sometimes lives, to report
on governments, businesses, and other powers, exercising what is a
democratic right in other nations.
We need your support to assist those brave enough to ignore the threats and
report anyway – especially as authoritarian states and movements grow bolder
in the world and are ever more ready to clamp down on those who would hold
them to account.
In response, TOL has created Press Start, the first global crowdfunding
platform to provide a new and revolutionary way to fund independent journalism
in emerging democracies and societies that are not free.
If you believe in that ambitious goal, please donate to a Kickstarter campaign
that will help us to get the project off the ground and sustain it. Any
amount is welcome. And even if you don’t have the means to donate, you can
still play a crucial part in this movement by telling everyone you know about
our plans, as well as following us on Facebook and Twitter.
Now is the time for game-changing initiatives. Without journalists serving as watchdogs, corruption and bad governance will flourish, anger will build among disgruntled and disenfranchised citizens and fragile states will continue to deteriorate, with unforeseen consequences for the rest of the world.
The TOL/Press Start team.