Letter from the Editor-in-Chief


June 28, 2012 01:37 EDT

Dear Reader,

As many global news sources are reporting, Fair Observer’s Associate Editor for the Middle East, Natasha Smith, was sexually assaulted and physically abused by a mob in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. What happened was despicable and utterly unacceptable. Natasha was subjected to an inhuman ordeal that is part of a pattern in which women have been assaulted by mobs of men. Such incidents have to end.

Natasha has written about her ordeal with dignity and courage on her blog. She has now returned to England. Our thoughts are with her and we wish her strength to recover from her terrible experience.

Yours sincerely,

Atul Singh


For more than 10 years, Fair Observer has been free, fair and independent. No billionaire owns us, no advertisers control us. We are a reader-supported nonprofit. Unlike many other publications, we keep our content free for readers regardless of where they live or whether they can afford to pay. We have no paywalls and no ads.

In the post-truth era of fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles, we publish a plurality of perspectives from around the world. Anyone can publish with us, but everyone goes through a rigorous editorial process. So, you get fact-checked, well-reasoned content instead of noise.

We publish 2,500+ voices from 90+ countries. We also conduct education and training programs on subjects ranging from digital media and journalism to writing and critical thinking. This doesn’t come cheap. Servers, editors, trainers and web developers cost money.
Please consider supporting us on a regular basis as a recurring donor or a sustaining member.

Support Fair Observer

We rely on your support for our independence, diversity and quality.

Will you support FO’s journalism?

We rely on your support for our independence, diversity and quality.

Donation Cycle

Donation Amount

The IRS recognizes Fair Observer as a section 501(c)(3) registered public charity (EIN: 46-4070943), enabling you to claim a tax deduction.

Make Sense of the World

Unique Insights from 2,500+ Contributors in 90+ Countries

Support Fair Observer

Support Fair Observer by becoming a sustaining member

Become a Member