Action Alert: Protect Your Journalists!


Freedom of speech is being contested in every country around the world. Our knowledge of issues beyond US borders informs our decisions — from who to vote into office to whether or not to buy gas from Shell or Exxon. When a journalist is imprisoned in Peru or a progressive radio station is denied a license to broadcast in Croatia, that access begins to erode.

The Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists provides regularly updated action alerts, as well as other journalism resource links from around the globe. Each case they highlight offers a listing of who you should contact and how to reach them if you want to get involved. AMARC’s International Solidarity Network provides updates on the successes and failures of worldwide community radio stations. Keep yourself informed: Protect your journalists.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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