With the demise of The Other Paper this year, the need for independent media sources in central Ohio is greater than ever. The news stories that mainstream media outlets choose to cover, and how they cover them, is too often influenced by the corporate interests that they depend on for advertising revenue.
After having an online-only presence for some time, the Columbus Free Press has launched a bold new initiative: a weekly print edition that's available in coffee shops, restaurants, and other locations around central Ohio. The vitality and effectiveness of this paper depends on community support, including financial contributions.
This year Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman, Eriyah Flynn, Peter Gunn, and other Free Press contributors have reported on Fukushima, fracking, climate change, NSA spying, drone killings, the JFK assassination, and more. The Free Press has also:
- Reported on the struggles of farm workers and janitors for economic justice
- Supported activists Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Jeremy Hammond, and Edward Snowden
- Opposed illegal military action in Libya and Syria, as well as potential action against Iran
- Exposed malfeasance and illegal actions by congresspersons and bankers
- Opposed the wealth grab by the top 1%, which keeps so many of the 99% in poverty
Please consider a year-end contribution to the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism, the nonprofit organization that publishes the Free Press. You can donate securely online at freepress.org/store.php#donate or mail a check to CICJ, 1021 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43205.