As one of the only independent investigations units in the country, we work for you – but we need your help to keep going. We need to raise £10,000 to continue our groundbreaking investigations. Click below to find our more and pledge your support.
Why should you support us?
The investigations unit is continuing the outstanding body of work established by The Canary over the past 5 years.
In that time, we’ve exposed a secretive ‘Venezuela reconstruction unit’ within the British government, worked with whistleblowers to reveal Conservative election spending misconduct, had parliamentary questions asked based on the shocking number of DWP-related deaths we’ve compiled, and named two of the controversial spycops long before the mainstream media.
Our new Investigations Unit has continued this work by publishing a number of vital stories over the past 8 months:
- We tracked and mapped the full extent of the rebellion by local Labour parties against Starmer’s leadership.
- Our exclusive investigation made use of FOI requests to reveal over £200m in unaccounted funding for the Prevent surveillance programme.
- We published documents that show the cabinet office refused to have up to 450 devices searched in another PPE scandal.
- We combated misinformation concerning whether BAME communities had vaccine hesitancy. By uncovering racist data practice from healthcare bodies we found gaps in vaccine hesitancy data.
- We published emails proving that VIP lanes for PPE contracts existed throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
- We directly questioned people trying to embed the police in mental health care and found examples of mistreatment and cruelty.
- We worked with women’s charities to investigate abortion services in the north of Ireland that ‘amounted to torture’.
What sets us apart?
We dig into government and corporate corruption, expose abuse of police powers, challenge right-wing narratives, and provide a platform for communities ignored by mainstream media.
Since launching the unit just 8 months ago, we’ve hit the ground running by creating four exciting new series. They’re dedicated to informing and transforming people’s lives – by telling the stories that matter.
We use our platform to work with grassroots communities and amplify the voices of people who have been silenced. We’re working with activists, charities, and advocacy groups.
We monitor the police, track sinister surveillance practices, and expose the failings of the justice system. We don’t just report on these issues – as activists, we’re on the front line with you.
We examine disinformation from the mainstream media, politicians, and corporations. We reveal the facts and uncover the truth – all the while taking complex issues and making them accessible.
We dig into the pockets of politicians, corporations, and the establishment. We follow contracts and untangle paper trails that reveal financial webs and vested interests.
Why are we crowdfunding?
Our investigations take a lot of time, energy, and resources. The essential donations from our monthly supporters only just cover the costs of employing our regular staff writers. So, to go the extra mile with in-depth research, we need extra support to keep us going.
But we don’t just want to scrape by. £10,000 will help sustain us and ensure we can continue our work, but our stretch target of £20,000 would enable us to dig deeper and publish more investigations on the issues that matter to you.
Unlike the mainstream media, we don’t squander money on fancy offices or overpaid executives. Every penny raised from this crowdfunder will go back into our investigations.
Who are we?
I specialise in financial tracking, open data source investigations, and human rights breaches. I’ve seen first-hand the inner workings of corruption in my investigations from government departments to grooming rings across the UK. I make investigations accessible because everyone has the right to be informed about the world they live in and should have the ability to change it.
As a working-class brown Muslim woman, I know how important resisting oppression is. That’s why my PhD makes links between Islamophobia, racism, and trauma. I’m always going to use my investigations to show the connections between government decisions and the very real harm it causes to communities. I specialise in looking at Islamophobic counter-terror strategies, anti-racist activism, police violence, state power, and disability rights.
I’ve worked at The Canary since our launch in 2015 and I’m now Senior Editor. I’m really excited about continuing to help drive and develop the women-led investigations unit we’ve established. I specialise in issues around policing, civil liberties, and mental health.
How can you make a difference?
We can only continue to expose corruption, uplift marginalised communities, and hold power to account with your help. Please support us by funding our groundbreaking investigations unit today.
In return, you can choose to receive exclusive Telegram and/or email updates about our investigations. You can be involved behind the scenes, get sneak peeks and receive follow-ups on the impact of our stories. You’ll also be invited to an exclusive Q+A event where you’ll be able to ask us anything – including how we uncover information.
These rewards are the same for each donation level but, if you’re able, please choose an amount that will really sustain us in the battle for truth and justice ahead.
Maryam, Emma and Emily
We need your help to keep speaking the truth
Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.
Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.
We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.
In return, you get:
* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop
Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.
With your help we can continue:
* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do
We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?