<i>"The Name of Our Country is América" - Simon Bolivar</i> The Narco News Bulletin<br><small>Reporting on the War on Drugs and Democracy from Latin America
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A Letter from Jean Friedsky

“Where Would You Look for News About Our Hemisphere if This Trusted Resource Disappeared?”


By Jean Friedsky

September 29, 2005

Authentic: conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief; true to one’s personality, spirit, or character

Journalism: the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media

Dear Reader:

Why do you read Narco News?

Maybe it’s because our articles offer continuing, in-depth and insightful reporting on issues ignored by CNN, the New York Times or your local paper. Maybe it’s because these articles make heard voices that are often silenced. Maybe you trust the Narco News journalists because they write from the heart, and with the hearts of the people in this land called América always in their minds. Maybe it’s because you know there are no for-profit companies directing their work, no editors censoring their topics, no corporate interests influencing their words. (Or maybe you just really like the black and red screen).

Whatever the reason, you read our publication, you value its uniqueness, and so we are asking for your support to keep it running. Narco News plays an indispensable role in the world’s—and your—understanding of political events, social movements and the lives of the people in North and South America. Our network includes more than 100 journalists writing from 9 different countries addressing what matters most to the people of our two continents. But without your donation it can’t continue.

Think for a moment. Where you would look for news about our hemisphere if this trusted resource disappeared…Would you be able to find the same “perspectives from below,” the same critical analysis, the same feeling of personal connection that Narco News journalists bring to you everyday?

As a writer, I know it would be all but impossible to find another outlet to publish my continuing, on-the-ground, radical coverage of seemingly “minimally important” issues from South America’s poorest nation.

Then ask yourself: With such ground-breaking events currently unfolding in our hemisphere—Hugo Chavez challenging the US and UN head-on, new developments in the case against the Cuban Five, Bolivia in the middle of its historic battle for nationalization of their natural resources (and on the verge of giving state power to a indigenous leftist coca-grower), the Zapatistas carrying out the promises of their Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, and the George Bush government going on the defensive—am I willing to let some other media outlet be my main information source?

If your answer is “No, carajo (No, dammit)!,” then we need you to step up your involvement in Narco News.

Here’s how I see it: Keeping our project alive is a group effort.

We, the journalists, promise to continuing writing the articles you’ve come to depend on and appreciate.

In return, you, the reader, help us make sure these articles see the light of day. Your contribution will go directly to our small but vital staff—those who run the website, offer writers guidance and assistance and ensure the articles appear on your computer screen.

The staff, in turn, promise to continue performing their efficient and dedicated work of making Narco News a reality with the funds that your provide.

Please make a donation online at:

http://www.authenticjournalism.org/

Or send a check to:

The Fund for Authentic Journalism
P.O. Box 241
Natick, MA 01760 USA

We know that you are already a part of the Narco News family and we thank you for that. You, in fact, enable us to call our work “authentic.” You recognize that our collection of news brings forward facts often hidden by the corporate media, facts that represent the spirit of the people of this land called América. Because of this, you offer us your reliance and confidence, and this stamp of authenticity that makes us proud to do what we do.

We’re only asking that you go one step further in contributing to the work we all want to see continue. We’re there for you when conflict builds on the streets, in the fields or behind closed doors. Please don’t let us down in our time of crisis. Contribute now.

From a radical nation in a land called América,

Jean Friedsky

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