Welcome to Nation.Cymru

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Nation.Cymru is a news service by the people of Wales, for the people of Wales. And its success depends entirely on the people of Wales.

It is an attempt to set up a national, popular, not for profit news service, with the aim of answering the central question: ‘How can we become a better nation?’

Anyone who believes they have something to say is invited to contribute to it.

Why do we need Nation.Cymru?

We have never had a national English-language news service. The Western Mail and Daily Post are regional news services, while BBC Wales is a regional arm of a British corporation.

The Welsh media has deteriorated even further in the last few years. What remains of Wales’ regional, commercial English-language press is in sad decline.

The print circulation of our English-language papers continues to dwindle, and websites struggle to produce revenue.

As Welsh newspapers are bought by larger companies, editorial decisions are increasingly being made outside of Wales’ borders, with less and less relevance to Wales.

It is no surprise therefore that surveys have consistently shown that the people of Wales do not know what is going on in their country.

Many people do not understand what powers our parliament in Cardiff has or what can be done with them.

Meanwhile, the tectonic plates of the United Kingdom are shifting. Post-Brexit, Wales faces a turbulent economic and political future. Our nation’s very existence could be at stake.

Wales has to decide where its future lies within this new order, and Nation.Cymru can be a platform for that discussion – free from the commercial pressures that drive other newspapers and websites.

We want to include everyone in that discussion. We want to include YOU.

What Nation.Cymru isn’t

Nation.Cymru does not support any particular political party

There are people who want what’s best for Wales in the Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives and the Green Party, and they all have something to contribute.

We do however reject the toxic politics of the far-right, who have nothing to offer but hate and division.

Nation.Cymru will not be a 24/7 news network

We won’t be competing against the BBC or ITV to break every story.

We would rather publish a handful of good stories or opinion pieces every week than thirty stories sourced from press releases, which have also appeared on every other platform.

We understand that in this day and age people dip into individual stories through social media. They are not dependent on one news source for all their news as they used to be.

There is no reason for us to waste precious resources creating content that is already being supplied by other sites.

Nation.Cymru is not a commercial platform

We do not have any click targets for our articles. We do not have any shareholders to please.

We will ask for donations and show occasional adverts. But any money made will be invested back into the service, and above all on investigative journalism.

Nation.Cymru is nothing without YOU

If you think the site is not up to scratch, and that you could do better, please contribute.

We don’t just need writers, but also those with expertise in data, coding, and business. Let us know what is important to you.

Writing a blog? Why not publish on Nation.Cymru, and together we can reach a broader audience.

If you don’t have the time to contribute content, please consider a donation so that we can keep the site going.

Thank you very much,

The Nation.Cymru team

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14 Comments

  1. Croeso! Would you care to tell your readers who you, as individuals, are?

    • Ifan Morgan Jones

      Hi Richard. We’re a large group that contribute a little each, but this will hopefully add up to a lot. I’m the editor at the moment. If you would like to contribute please let me know!

  2. Well done Ifan so glad to see the website up and running.

    I write my own blog which you can see at http://www.bloglet.wales. I am happy to contribute in the future if you are interested. Please feel free to get in touch if you think it’s appropriate.

    Thanks. Dylan.

  3. Robert Llewellyn Tyler

    Great to see this.

  4. Hello Ifan, a warm thanks to you and the team for setting this up!
    Whether the site is up to scratch or not is way too early to say and I dare say sensible suggestions and adjustments will be made along the way.
    Okay, let’s get started! The only way we can make Cymru better is to firstly have respect for ourselves and for all our fellow countrypeople. The only way we can begin to do this, is to call ourselves who we are and that is Cymrieg. Therefore, will you set an example and please desist from using the worst label the Saxon gave us which is wales viz wéalas viz foreigner? How can we move forward one single step if we accept a lie that we are foreigners in our own land? How can we be taken seriously if we continue to wear what to all intents and purposes is another controlling ‘Not’?
    I have very recently written to many government agencies and private companies requesting that they also drop this degrading word. I recently heard back from Y Lolfa and they replied “Yes you are right and it is something that we should be addressing. We’ll keep this in mind”. I have since asked if they have a timescale for the change, but it is very early days.
    We have to once and for all reject everything to do with Westminster and become Independent. Otherwise we might as well accept what many already see as us becoming the next 22 shires of England. I would hazard a guess that it is doubtful Westminster will allow all of them to remain irrespective of history. Losing six to the Irish Republic will be more of a relief to Westminster than a wrench and after all Cymru is a far better playground for the English. They raped our land and now it is healing they have already begun to exploit our countryside.
    We also have to disassociate ourselves from everything that is and all those that call themselves ‘British’. A term that I have found has lost any respect in many quarters of this world when on my travels. An added bonus if you so wish to call it is that a Cymrieg passport will make us all a lot safer around the world. We do not need to try and find our place within this ‘new order’, one, we will not have a say and two, it is an old order and it has already begun to decay. What Cymru needs is a totally new concept along with it being a new country. One based on renewable and sustainable new and advanced technologies, perhaps even becoming a world leader. With a coastal site, with a harbour, certain infrastructure which may be usable and a skilled workforce able to retrain, the Port Talbot Steel site should be compulsory purchased or just taken into Cymrieg ownership and developed without delay for renewable energy generation. Otherwise, if this site is allowed to be developed for housing, we shall see the latest policy in English resettlement in our history being put into practice and the rapid demise of our nation.
    Your aim of offering Cymru a voice and rejecting the toxic politics of the far-right, I humbly believe, does need clarifying. I would like to add for consideration that as this voice will be ours it is not for the British, therefore if you exclude the British political parties you have already got rid of any toxic and far-right toxic politics for a start. I do not expect you to solely back Plaid Cymru or any other Cymrieg party or group, but I would expect to see them contributing to this wonderful new online news service. Remember, the news we have is English and it is controlled by the English and even when we have local items it is more than likely censored by the English. They already have their propaganda machines, what we need is a source of truth. If this is truly going to be the start of ‘The Free Cyrmu Press’ we have to be ‘Celtic’ inclusive, which also means inviting items from all Celtic Nations and Cymrieg enclaves like Patagonia.
    From what I have read of your work thus far I do not think for even a fraction of a millisecond that you are going to be anything like those foreign broadcasters, nor including such pathetic content most of which is made up or manipulated. I gather news from the web, social media and especially from reliable sources (mainly friends on facebook) for information, history and much more around Cymru. Perhaps it may be an idea to invite regular inputs from reliable, remote reporters from all areas of Cymru. All in all what every Cymry yearns for is honest and reliable journalism and not just any old foreign journalism, but it has to be Cymrieg journalism!
    I take it you will have a legal team, hopefully doing some pro bono work, from many of the good firms to assist with the investigative journalism? I would again like to suggest, perhaps a team of public and corporate accountants who can investigate the corruption that is ongoing within Cymru today and in the past, that we hear and read about.
    May the adverts, if you need them, be nothing to do with the ones that we find on w—-online, yahoo homepage and many, many more of the same detritus wannabe celebrity or right wing propaganda or potion selling capitalist trash! No one needs adverts like these thrust in their faces.
    I guess it is pretty obvious I have no trouble donating my time as for money I will see what I can do.
    Diolch!
    Dafydd

  5. Marc howell

    This is a desperately needed platform and I welcome it and look forward to its development.

  6. Nice to see you up and running. Pob lwc.

  7. Danny KilBride

    Da iawn chi. Looking forward to seeing this progress

  8. Hang on – shouldn’t it be Cymreig?

  9. Almost every print and broadcast news outlet people read, watch or listen to in wales is owned and controlled outside wales, there can be few countries in the world where such a dire state of affairs exists. Any initiative which seeks to redress this striking imbalance should be welcomed. Good luck.

  10. Irene Cuogo

    Hi everyone, Nation Cymru seems an exciting and positive initiative.
    I would like to put forward my contribution by suggesting to openly extend a welcome to participate to the immigrant and refugee groups that live in this country. For a few years now, and especially since Brexit, discourses and narratives of migration etc have been increasingly negative and we have no voice to represent us anywhere in the UK, therefore I think that to give us a platform where we can voice our concerns, thoughts and/or compliments would be beneficial for everyone and a sign of a country that is open to and supportive of multiculturalism and where TRUE integration happens.

    Diolch
    Irene Cuogo

  11. Croeso! I’m a third generation Welsh Patagonian, now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Almost all Welsh descendants here support a free Cymru, it was the dream of our forefathers, and why they came here. Pob lwc!

  12. How do we donate?….article is unclear

  13. Ydy hi;n bosib gwneud cyfraniad misol drwy DD? | You need a steady income stream as part of a business plan. Is it possible to make a regular monthly contribution by DD?

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