SUPPORT OUR EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION INTO CRIME AND MALPRACTICE AT THE DAILY MAIL AND MAIL ON SUNDAY
At Byline Investigates, we think it's essential for a healthy society that powerful news organisations act lawfully and ethically.
In the UK, none enjoys greater influence than the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and their digital sister MailOnline.com, with a daily reach of more than 10 million people.
At the 2011/12 Leveson Inquiry into the practices of the Press, the Mail group was quick to deny any connections to the phone hacking scandal that has dogged its closest Fleet Street rivals through the criminal and civil courts.
So for the last five years, Byline Investigates has been examining those claims with the same sort of scrutiny the Mail usually reserves for the targets of its own reporting.
We have nurtured whistleblowers, secured evidence, spoken to victims, and researched and prepared a series of stories that we would now like to present to the world.
But to take this final, important, step, we need your help.
The costs of such in-depth public interest journalism are great. To succeed as an independent scrutineer, we require funding. We have researchers and investigators to pay, along with the costs of ensuring our own stories are legally watertight before we publish them for you to read.
Without funding, organisations like the Mail titles will continue to exist in a bubble of self-regulation, while also holding the 'megaphone' of public influence on so many matters of national importance.
To even consider standing up to them is a David vs Goliath exercise.
This is why we are seeking your help today - and offering a unique opportunity to join us on the side of David.
WE HAVE ALREADY HELPED MANY VICTIMS OF PRESS ABUSE
A few weeks ago, Meghan Markle announced she is suing the Mail on Sunday's publisher for breaching her privacy. We have led the way covering this story. But our work leads us to believe that hers is not the only case to answer for the Mail.
PLEASE, TAKE OUR WORDS FOR IT
This year alone, we have already published thousands of words of in-depth investigative reporting on the Mail titles.
On January 1, we published explosive whistleblower emails that prove the Mail on Sunday handled the hacked voicemails of actor Sadie Frost, contrary to the paper's editor-in-chief Paul Dacre's sworn Leveson evidence.
After another investigation, the paper parted ways with star columnist Tina Weaver, after we revealed her controlling role in a major phone hacking conspiracy at Mirror Group Newspapers.
THERE ARE FAR MORE PEOPLE WHO NEED OUR HELP
While people with high profiles might have the resources to take on the Mail Group, most people don't.
But together, we can.
This is the chance for you to make a difference - and help manifest real change in the way the corporate media works in the UK.
WE HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING THE DAILY MAIL AND MAIL ON SUNDAY FOR FIVE YEARS
And we are almost ready to share major new findings with you all. With its potent sway over the Brexit debate, and vocal position on the activities of the judiciary in relation to Brexit - remember THAT Daily Mail 'Enemies of the People' headline? - it seems an appropriate moment to shine light on hypocrisy in the British media.
So please join us, and we promise every penny of support you donate will go into exposing criminality and malpractice at the Mail and Mail on Sunday - Britain's biggest selling mid-market news publications.