Now This Guy Makes Some Sense…

by Laurence on 10/11/2004 · 2 comments

From the WAN journalism conference, a call for real independence, according to

“To break the cycle of grant dependency, we are looking for a small handful of people who understand that being dependent upon international donations is no more freeing than being dependent on the government,” said Mike Stone, Project Director of the first independent printing plant in Kyrgyzstan. The project was set up by Freedom House and paid for by the US government.

BTW, so far as I know, The Argus doesn’t get any government, corporate, or foundation grants, unlike some Central Asia websites we might mention (but won’t, at least not right now…).

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Nathan Hamm October 11, 2004 at 11:16 pm

It’s not like I’d turn down the money or anything… But, I’m much happier with the smaller amount of support the site gets through the free market.

And give Mr. Stone a huge gold star for that sentiment. Given how closely tied that printing house is to US government aid organizations, I’m impressed. It’s definitely an attitude that needs to be encouraged, especially because, as far as I know, Central Asia is nowhere near as addicted to aid money as other parts of the world.

Laurence October 12, 2004 at 5:29 am

Nathan, I’m not saying you should turn anyone down! But the point is that you are already doing what the Freedom House guy is saying to do…

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