THE END OF A MIRACLE
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October 10 , 2003, 1200 PDT, (FTW) -- Three
and a half years after starting a revolution in independent
journalism, Al Giordano's Mexican-based Narconews Bulletin has
announced today that it is suspending operations indefinitely.
Citing financial reasons connected to his fierce independence
and his inability to maintain adequate support to protect
his Latin American correspondents, the veteran journalist
today announced that effective October 18 th , 2003 Narconews
( www.narconews.com )
will stop publication.
There are few who write better than
Al. The story of how these developments came to pass,
even after he had accomplished another small miracle
of founding a school for "authentic
journalists", is located at http://narconews.com/Issue31/article879.html .
The story was posted just after midnight on October 10
This is a tragic loss for all independent
journalists everywhere. Giordano, sometimes alone, sometimes
with the assistance of many brave colleagues, pioneered
a courageous brand of "in your face" journalism
that achieved some historic milestones and told truth
to power. Giordano and his "journos" backed
a number of mainstream publications, including The
New York Times into corners that often resulted in
retractions or corrections and even the recall of foreign
correspondents. Narconews took on the biggest
money in the form of Mexican banker Roberto Hernandez who
had been connected to drug money laundering and won a landmark
legal decision in the New York Supreme Court that protected
internet journalists all over the world from lawsuits in
distant countries. He secured for us all the same First
Amendment protections guaranteed to The Washington
Post or ABC News.
FTW wrote about that courageous struggle in February 2001
in an essay located at http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/pandora/courage.html .
Giordano went on to win that victory but it appears that
not all fights are winnable.
Consistent with his character, Giordano has made sure
that all of his people are taken care of first while having
little or nothing for himself. The most important task
now is to build a safety net under him which can be accomplished
by sending a donation to:
51 Macdougal Street, Suite
New York , NY 10012
And marking that check: "to support
the work of Al Giordano"
I strongly ask of all FTW subscribers that you
go and read the story of the apparent demise of narconews
and remember that while it may be gone Al Giordano is not.
He is truly a journalist for all of us and we must take
care of those who have taken care of us.
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