It’s been a year now we launched a fundrais­er to insure Kedistan’s sur­vival and growth. You still haven’t had the unpleas­ant expe­ri­ence of bump­ing up against the men­tion « to read the rest of this arti­cle… » or a drop-down box say­ing : « Please dis­ac­ti­vate your ad block ».

Against all « good advice » we have main­tained our pol­i­cy of total­ly free access to infor­ma­tion, with no ads and no paid con­tent. Our entire team works on a vol­un­teer basis — or on a mil­i­tant one, to be more precise.

So, thanks again to our reg­u­lar or occa­sion­al donors. They are not numer­ous but they allow some 100 000 month­ly vis­i­tors to obtain con­tin­u­ous infor­ma­tion on Turkey and the Mid­dle East through the kedi’s eye.

If you vis­it the web­site, it’s because you find answers – or ques­tions – here. If some 800 000 pages are read, it means we’re not sim­ply a drop-by spot for web surfers.

Will this have to stop or change, half-way down the road ?

Of the 5800 euros col­lect­ed, 4200 are already com­mit­ted, 1200 set aside for pay­ments and the month of Octo­ber is covered.

Slight­ly more than a month’s advance means we have a frag­ile base of oper­a­tion. Kedis­tan isn’t attempt­ing to com­pete with any­one, and will not make con­ces­sions to please or adapt, or dig up a slush fund…

Don’t expect any « Paris Match », or polit­i­cal align­ment or buzz­words with pub­lic appeal . True, in exchange, we’re not to everyone’s lik­ing. The kedi isn’t a domes­tic animal.

This is why this appeal is not direct­ed toward those who have sup­port­ed us uncon­di­tion­al­ly until now, but to all the read­ers who choose our pages over those of main­stream media, with­out nec­es­sar­i­ly real­iz­ing that even though we are a team of activists, a web­site such as Kedis­tan must bear unavoid­able costs that deserve an euro here and there out of the cof­fee money.

The col­lec­tion site is per­fect­ly secure, on top of your own bank’s secu­ri­ty pro­to­col. We do not sell any of our data nor do we use them else­where. There are no « costs » on Hel­lo Asso, and you are free to leave a tip or not… So throw in the euro, even as a sym­bol, because spread over the num­ber of our read­ers, this will secure Kedistan’s future.

Along with oth­ers, the mag­a­zine has com­mit­ted itself to a sol­i­dar­i­ty cam­paign for at least a year to help fam­i­lies, activists, jorunal­ists, and Kur­dish pris­on­ers through the fig­ure of our friend, jailed artist and jour­nal­ist Zehra Doğan. With oth­ers, we hope that Kedis­tan will play a cen­tral role in this cam­paign. There also, mon­ey will be a deci­sive element.

The kedi aren’t beg­gars, they offer you the oppor­tu­ni­ty of answer­ing the ques­tion « but what can I, a lone per­son, pos­si­bly do at my level ? »

The answer is : read, stay informed, and act to safe­guard an inde­pen­dent and alter­na­tive tool ded­i­cat­ed to that pur­pose by Sub­scrib­ing to Kedis­tan.

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En français : Kedis­tan bien­tôt payant ? A vous de choisir…” Cliquez pour lire
Trans­la­tion by Renée Lucie Bourges

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