Thursday, 9 December 2010

[creative-radio] Free Speech Radio News faces closure 12/20


I am writing you with an urgent request. Free Speech Radio News faces imminent
closure on December 20 if we fail to raise enough funds to operate. You can
read more about why we find ourselves in this situation at .

We are working around the clock to try to keep FSRN on the air. You can help by
donating generously today.

We think this 10-year-old organization is worth saving and we know you do too.
Here are just a couple reasons why:

--FSRN has brought you thousands of daily newscasts containing tens of
thousands of community voices, highlighting the marginalized communities most
affected by social and economic policy changes. We have more than 150 reporters
in 30 states and 50 countries - together, we have reshaped the way critical
issues are represented in news.

--FSRN is the only US-based radio newscast to have local reporters on the
groundin the tribal areas of Pakistan, where Western journalists are banned.
We've brought you hundreds of breaking newsand in-depth featuresfrom this
conflict zone, airing stories no other journalism outlet has covered. Stories
that elevate the voices of women, youthand religious minorities, conveying their
struggles and their determination.

--FSRN is the only US-based radio newscast with a native Gazan, born and raised
in the refugee camps, filing from the occupied territory. Rami Almeghari's
reports, along with our reporter in the West Bank, Ghassan Bannouraprovide
insight about the Middle East conflict and how everyday people are affected.

--FSRN brought you daily coverage, for many months, of two major events this
year: the earthquake in Haitiand the BP oil disaster. Ansel Herz and Dolores M.
Bernal were on the ground, recording the voices of displaced and the injured,
and challenging officials -- including Bill Clinton-- on their slow response,
when Haitians lacked even the simplest of aid, like food and water. Following
the BP oil disaster, Zoe Sullivan examined the impact on the United Houma
Nation and Vietnamese immigrants. And FSRN anchor Dorian Merina interviewed many
people on the ground, including one of the first people to challenge BPand the
government's assessment of just how much oil was gushing into the Gulf.

There are so many other examples of extraordinary reporters and critical
stories. We'll continue to highlight them as we work to save FSRN. Here's what
you can do to help:

#1 - DONATIONS.I know we have asked for "emergency donations" before, and many
of you have generously responded. But this is about as bad as things have
been at FSRN. Please give generously so that we cankeep producing the

#2-SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your friends and networks to donate. Send them to find out more about the situation and donate. Send this to
your twitter feeds, facebook pages, and old-fashioned social networks. Sign up
for our Twitter feed and retweet our messages. Forward this email!

community-funded journalism. We are working to raise funds for our December
audio documentaries. You can help raise $10 by taking two surveys. No money
needed and the surveys only take a couple minutes to fill out.

Over the past several years, FSRN has adapted to budget cuts by reducing
staff and cutting staff and reporter pay. Yet we've continued to bring you a
daily domestic and international newscast that has only increased in quality.
We will work to save FSRN for listeners and for independent journalists around
the world, and hope you will too.

Thank you for your support!

Catherine Komp
On behalf of FSRN Staff

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