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Ad-free and owned only by our writers and readers, The Ferret is an independent, not-for-profit, cooperative that reports on the truth behind the spin.

And our stories have impact. They are often followed up by other media, as well as policy makers in Holyrood, Westminster and further afield.

Since we launched in 2015 we’ve broken major environmental, human rights and surveillance stories and won multiple awards.

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If you become a paying member, as well as access to all our stories, you also become a part owner of the project, and get:

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If you decide not to become a member, then you will be limited to viewing 3 stories per month on The Ferret.

Thank you.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone listed below, who supported us during our original crowdfunding campaign, as well as our growing list of subscribers, and also donors who wished to remain anonymous.

Without your support The Ferret would not be possible.

These are some of the Ferrets who have supported us so far:

Platinum FerretPlatinum Ferrets: Rik Edwards, Lap Gong Leong, Carol Martin, Bill McGuire, Matthew Pemble, Rex MacKay.

Gold FerretGold Ferrets: 1949Van, B Allaway, Jude Barber, Neil Barton, Steve Bird, Alan Bonnyman, Paul Cairney, Jane Cotton, William Coull, K Dunion, Barfil Farm, Bill Harkes, Pete Kingsley, Euan Leitch, Val McDermid, Eamon O’Connor, David MacDonald, John McDonald, Shaun Milne, Lesley Reid, Fiona Riddoch, Scott Sandison, Liam Soutar, Will, Paul Wood, Adam Pow.

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Bronze FerretBronze Ferrets: Catalina Albeanu, Alison Balharry, Marie Brown, Laura Christie, Rohan Cragg, John Cunningham, Deborah Curcher, Ross Day, Karen Dietz, Fiona Duncan, Gillian Easson, Ian Fraser, Audrey Garvie, Jess Gildener, Liz Glass, Kenneth Gray, Douglas Greenshields, J T Hesketh, Hilary Horrocks, Morag Jones, Tessa Jones, Jenny Kumar, Andrew Learmonth, Murray Macadam, AK Mackinnon, Katherine Mackinnon, Alex Massie, Fraser MacDonald, Edd McCracken, Alan McCredie, Lesley Midd, James Newbery, Suzi Nicol, Jo Norcup, Lesley Pearson, Linda Perttula, Mike Press, Sue Robertson, Andrew Richards, Jamie Taylor, Barry Basil Turnbull, Nora Uhrig, Pauline Ward, Tom Warren, Lynn Welsh

Honorary FerretHonorary Ferrets: Kat Affleck, Mary Alexina, Neil Ash, Alison Barclay, Greg Barr, Claire Biddles, Phil Chamberlain, Barry Chapman, Tom Dalton, H Dowzall, Kieran Forbes, Alison Gilchrist, Hilary Grant, Martin Hamilton, Gordon Hayden, Alex Ingram, Sam Kerr, Amanda Lichtenstein, Becky Luff, Stuart MacDonald, James Mackenzie, Catriona MacPhee, Lyra McKee, Gordon Menzies, Emma Miller, Matthew Parsons, Lena Phalen, Claire Yvette Roger, Robert Sanders, Amy Saunders, Alex Shaw, Kenny Stewart, Denise Strohsahl, Gabrielle Vaughan, Andy Wightman

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Subscriber FerretWe have more than 1000 paying members too. Subscriber supporters include: John Hinshelwood, Patrick Grey, Caroline McManus, David McDonald, Alison Mann and George McQuilkin.

If you are a subscriber, or have donated to The Ferret, but are not listed here and would like to be please let us know and we can add you. If you are a Ferret subscriber and would like to be names as a subscriber supporter also do get in touch.