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    Col.lectiu Emma

    Col·lectiu Emma is a network of Catalans and non-Catalans living in different countries who have made it their job to track and review news reports about Catalonia in the international media. Our goal is to ensure that the world’s public opinion gets a fair picture of the country’s reality today and in history.

    Starting in 2009, we have been selecting and publishing informations from various sources which to our mind provide an accurate description of the state of affairs in Catalonia. At the same time, we have pointed up factual errors, challenged unfounded assumptions or argued against biased judgments contained in other news items.

    Our position on current issues in the economic, social, cultural and political fields is stated in opinion pieces which, along with our comments on the news, are regularly posted on our web site and circulated through our mailing list.

    In presenting the case for Catalonia we make an effort to support our statements with relevant facts, figures and authoritative opinions, and we are always ready to backtrack on our assertions whenever we are proven wrong.

    We are confident that the arguments we put forward will contribute to more rigorous and informative reports about Catalonia in the international media. To that end we often engage in a dialogue with correspondents and their editors, offering to supply background material and to facilitate contacts with knowledgeable individuals in a variety of areas.

    We aim to be recognized as a trustworthy source of information and ideas about Catalonia from a Catalan point of view.

    Emma is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit endeavor. Everyone involved contributes his or her time and expertise on a voluntary basis and without compensation. We neither seek nor receive any public subsidies and we do not take instructions or suggestions from any public or private institutions. Although Emma’s operations are essentially self-financed, we may on occasion accept small donations from private individuals and entities, usually for specific projects. All such contributions and the use that is given to them can be disclosed in answer to justified requests.

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    Col.lectiu Wilson

    The goal of the Wilson Initiative is to contribute to the current debate on self-determination in Catalonia in order to help its citizens decide their own future, free from fear or unfounded threats.
    The members of the Wilson Initiative are academics (in the fields of economics and political science) who have witnessed with some concern how particular political parties, media organizations, and analysts are actively spreading misinformation to scare the citizens of Catalonia and keep them from freely exercising their right to decide the future of our country. Besides being anti-democratic, these campaigns are often lacking in common sense or suffer from serious errors of measurement, interpretation, or deduction regarding economic data or the current political or judicial status quo. We have also noticed with some uneasiness how some responses to these campaigns are similarly based on arguments or predictions that do not hold up to systematic scrutiny.

    Faced with this situation, we decided to create the Wilson Initiative in order to share our knowledge and opinions—expressed either collectively or individually—on the different debates that are taking place on this topic. We hope that, through this process of reflection and deliberation, we can help the citizenry separate the wheat from the chaff, truth from falsehood, reality from exaggeration, and correct conclusions from misguided ones.

    While all the members of the Initiative are united in the conviction that self-determination is an inalienable right of all citizens and peoples, our group is politically diverse. We have different opinions regarding how the economy works or on the criteria that should determine the norms of political and social interaction. Consequently, only the materials signed by the Initiative reflect the opinion of all its members. The documents individually signed do not necessarily represent the opinions of the other members of the Initiative.

    In addition to our own contributions, we also hope to post content written by others that we find interesting and which contributes to our goal.

    The Wilson Initiative does not accept aid, grants, or sponsorships from any institution, whether public or private.