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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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Call for UN to investigate beating of Cambodian opposition parliamentarians

By: Daniel Besant - Posted on: May 26, 2016 | Cambodia

A new Human Rights Watch report says the trial of men accused of beating opposition politicians “only scratches the surface” of involvement by high-ranking political and military figures

Cambodia’s government should call on the United Nations to assist it in carrying out an extensive investigation into last October’s attack on two opposition politicians outside the country’s parliament, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today.

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Soth Vanny (centre) and Mao Hoeun (second right), two Cambodian men suspected of attacking opposition lawmakers Kong Saphea and Nhay Chamroeun. EPA/Kith Serey

In a 61-page report entitled Dragged and Beaten: The Cambodian Government’s Role in the October 2015 Attack on Opposition Politicians HRW claims that three officials charged in the attack did not act alone. The report maintains that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) arranged transport for protestors to the National Assembly on 26 October 2015. The protests came one day after Prime Minister Hun Sen said he would retaliate against the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for demonstrating against him in Paris.

During the protests in Phnom Penh, two CNRP politicians, Kung Sophea and Nhay Chamraoen, were dragged from their cars and beaten, kicked and stomped on by members of a mob as they attempted to leave the National Assembly. Police stood by during the assault that inflicted serious injuries on the two MPs and left them hospitalised.

One week after the attack, three of those recorded on video carrying out the beatings were arrested and reportedly confessed. In April and May, the three men, Sot Vanny, Chay Sarit and Mao Hoeun stood trial for intentional aggravated violence against the CNRP politicians.

“The prosecution of the three bodyguard unit members for the brazen and brutal attack only scratches the surface in holding all those involved responsible,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Prosecuting only three people while blocking investigations into the attack’s other planners and participants shows a blatant cover-up by the government and courts.”

According to a HRW statement released today, the attack bore “the hallmarks of an operation carried out by Cambodian state security forces”. Core participants in the anti-CNRP demonstration were later discovered to be members of Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit, whose commanders are all members of the CPP, the rights group added. Furthermore, a bodyguard headquarters civilian auxiliary, the Senaneak, led the demonstration, and army commanders linked to the CPP also orchestrated at least three simultaneous anti-CNRP demonstrations by armed troops in uniform in the provinces, the statement continued.

HRW believes that the government hopes to distract from and deter further investigation into the incident by carrying out the prosecution of the three attackers. The verdict in the trial is due to be announced tomorrow.

“The trial’s limited scope means that evidence about possible involvement by high-ranking political and military figures is being ignored,” Adams said. “Donors should denounce a judicial farce that protects those who planned the 26 October attack and call for an independent, UN-assisted investigation that gets to the bottom of it. Otherwise, Cambodia’s downward slide into state-sponsored violence and one-party rule will accelerate.”

Contacted by Southeast Asia Globe, government spokesman Phay Siphan played down the report. “We don’t care about that report. And their call for further investigation is not the government’s authority,” he said “It’s the role of the Ministry of Justice of Cambodia.”