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By supporting this site, first of all you help yourself as a citizen of this world who believes in democratic values. The Turtle likes to treat its visitors as people who enjoy reading important stuff not just entertaining clickbaits; in other words it does not regard its readers as consumers of news. Secondly, you encourage a solo mum continue doing her work properly; therefore you support indirectly female thinking, writing and creativity. Thirdly, you are investing in a new sort of storytelling; I’d like to coin the term Diasporic Journalism.

The Turtle has no “house”; it follows no line or direction. Restless, it moves in order to survive. It is on a journey towards truth, observing everything on its way. It does not have the luxury of time to sleep under trees, as the hare did in the Aesop myth. Although very slow, this little creature is powerful, a fighter who holds up its shield against misinformation, information overload, fake news, propaganda and other political dangers. The Ancient Greeks believed that the benevolent tortoise protected the people from the evil eye and that its blood was an antidote to poison.

The Turtle is an unbiased, self-funding journalism project. In order to keep its independence, it depends on fellowships, donations and volunteer work. Even by offering a small amount of money, you can help sustain this quite unique and innovative project, which tries to marry Journalism with ‘Techné’, an ancient Greek word for which there is no equivalent in English – it includes a variety of meanings from the fine arts and all forms of skilled craftsmanship to morals and politics and various scientific skills.

Sincerely yours

Helen Vrontis
Newsroom Foundress