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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.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Censorship / Cambodian government issues chill on online speech and publishing

By: Tom O'Connell - Posted on: June 6, 2018 | Cambodia

New regulations from Cambodia’s government promise a legal response to social media and web publishing activities that “cause chaos” or “threaten national security”

A person reads the Phnom Penh Post at an office in Phnom Penh Photo: Kith Serey / EPA-EFE

The Cambodian government announced it will now monitor social media and online publishing platforms operating on its internet networks in an attempt to stop the spread of falsehoods “that can cause social chaos and threaten national security”.

It’s the latest move in the continued crackdown on the press and political opposition by the administration of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for 33 years.

In its article about the Cambodian government’s new decree, the Phnom Penh Post newspaper used the term “fake news” 12 times. The Post was recently sold to the majority owner of a “covert PR” firm that has worked for the Hun Sen administration. The sale led to the resignations of all of the foreign editorial staff of the paper after a representative of the new owner, Sivakumar S. Ganapathy, demanded deletion of a story in the Post that offered insight into the Malaysian businessman’s past.

Three government ministries – the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and Ministry of Interior – will all be tasked with monitoring social media posts and websites that operate in the Kingdom, and acting against individuals and entities found to have breached the regulations.

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication will take action against unlicensed internet service providers and require registered ISPs to block or filter “illegal” social media accounts and sites that are found to be operating “illegally”, according to the ten-point decree.

A government official who spoke with the Post said the purpose of the decree was not a “crackdown on internet freedom” and had nothing to do with the national elections slated for 29 July.

So how can internet users in Cambodia protect themselves? They simply need to verify that the information they post is accurate, a Ministry of Information spokesman, Ouk Kimseng, told the Post.

“The [decree] serves to warn internet users to verify the information they post online to ensure it is verified and true,” the Post quoted Kimseng as saying. “This will benefit the public and help stop the sharing of ‘provocative information’ that can cause social chaos.”

Kimseng added: “People can do whatever they desire… They can share whatever information they want, but just make sure it is not fake or against the law.”

Such a decree has long been under consideration by the government over concerns about how falsehoods posted online can impact individuals and the public, said Kimseng: “We consider the use of insulting words against leaders or any individual as affecting their reputation and public image. Such matters cannot be considered as an expression of opinion.”

While human rights group Adhoc and the ousted Cambodia National Rescue Party have voiced fears over this decree, a Cambodian journalists association said the decree will protect both free speech and Cambodian society.

“We view the government’s action as preserving internet freedom and not restricting it,” the Post quoted Huy Vannak, president of the Union of Journalists Federation of Cambodia, as saying. “It may be inconvenient to some, but it causes the users of social platforms to be more considerate and careful when disseminating information.”

“The move is a step in the right direction to strengthen freedom of expression. There have been cases when the king and leaders have been insulted, and this caused unrest. So preventing a repeat of such matters makes for a better society.”