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If you’ve answered yes to any of these, you should join The Ferret.

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.

In our first year we’ve already broken major environmental, human rights and surveillance stories and been nominated for awards.

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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:

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Subscriber FerretSubscriber supporters include: Claire Connachan, Patrick Grey, Caroline McManus

If you are a subscriber, or have donated to The Ferret, but are not listed here and would like to be, it may be that you didn’t send us your name – if so, 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.