Dear rabble readers:
We have more information available at our fingertips than any other time in history. One would think this means we are more enlightened and more empathic than ever before.
Why? Because it isn’t only information that is available online. Hate, lies, misinformation, and alternative facts are also widely available -- and hoodwinking more and more people every day. As we're witnessing, this is an environment where hate can all too easily fester.
That’s where you come in.
By supporting rabble, you are supporting an independent, progressive, and ethical media platform. rabble.ca is dedicated to engaging in journalism that challenges false narratives which threaten our communities and gnaw at our democracy.
It’s critical that we work together to challenge all of this. The time is now.
As Canadians continue to lose confidence in their media institutions, and as those media institutions lose money, fake news sites are filling the void. Too many people are consuming false or biased news that only confirms their existing biases.
You don't have to passively watch this train wreck. Take a stand. Each of us has the capacity to give towards ensuring that truth wins out.
Ask yourself, what’s democracy worth anyway? Are we willing to fight for it?
Together, we got this.
Journalist and Human Rights Advocate
rabble.ca Board Member
Amira Elghawaby has written and produced stories for rabble.ca, CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. She is currently the communications director at a national human rights organization serving diverse communities. In 2016, she led a project with New Canadian Media creating Canada’s first Ethnic Media and Diversity Style Guide. She obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001.
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