Much has been written about the present time, the dramas, our astonishment faced with a pandemic we never thought could happen, the deep transformations our societies are going to have to undergo and the changes in our way of seeing things and considering our place in the world. While Orient XXI is not a daily newspaper, we have tried to produce close readings of the way the international environment has been changing since the beginning of the year due to the pandemic. This is not an easy task and most of the journalists working for the site have to cope with travel difficulties whether they are in France or abroad.
During the first five months of 2020, the statistics seem to show that we are right in counting on your loyalty since you have been regular readers during this period of confinement. Better still, more of you than usual have got into the habit of starting or finishing the day reading Orient XXI and subscribing to our newsletter since the target of 11,000 subscribers has been surpassed. Such loyalty and such a degree of interest are our best rewards.
Orient XXI is free and independent, which enables us to choose our own agenda and express our own opinions. As you know, we do not run ads. This is an option which has been ours since the site was created in 2013 and it will continue to be ours as long as possible since we feel that everyone, whatever his or her financial situation, should have access to high-quality news and analyses.
While a large share of volunteer work is the basis of our existence, we now do remunerate two permanent employees as well as journalists and translators, most of whom work freelance and who write for Orient XXI from Arab or Muslim countries.
We can only subsist thanks to those of you who give us your financial support. It is what secures our independence at a time when governments in Europe and elsewhere are restricting freedom of the press. This support which you provide during the two annual campaigns that we run in May and November supplies half of our income.
So in this period of confinement but of intense activity, we are asking you for your financial backing, our target is €30,000. And there is no such thing as a small contribution. Anything you can spare will help keep Orient XXI alive.
We thank you in advance.
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