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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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Migrant workers / Duterte to attend murdered maid’s wake as Southeast Asia struggles with mistreatment of its workers

By: Thomas Brent - Posted on: February 20, 2018 | Cambodia

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out at abuse of Southeast Asian domestic workers after Filipino maid’s body is found in Kuwaiti freezer

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte addresses Filipino household workers who were repatriated from Kuwait, at Manila’s international airport Photo: Francis R. Malasig/EPA-EFE

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the wake of Joanna Daniela Demafelis this week, an overseas worker whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait earlier this month.

The 29-year old moved to Kuwait in 2014 to work as a maid under the employment of a Syrian woman and her Lebanese husband. The pair are now wanted by Kuwaiti authorities and Interpol in connection with the murder of Demafelis.

It is the latest in a string of incidents of abuse of overseas workers from Southeast Asia.

Duterte reacted emotionally to news of the death, hitting out at the Gulf state for its treatment of Filipino workers.

“What are you doing to my countrymen? And if I were to do it to your citizens here, would you be happy?” Reuters reported the President as saying.

The latest incident has prompted the Philippines to offer to repatriate any citizen currently working in Kuwait who does not wish to remain there, Reuters reported. This is on top of a ban announced in January preventing Filipinos from working in the Gulf state.

Prevalent issue

Abuse of Southeast Asian migrant workers in the Persian Gulf is widespread and has raised concern for many years.

In November, the ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) reached a consensus aimed at improving working conditions and workers’ rights for the millions of migrant workers in Southeast Asia, the Sundaily reported.

However, earlier this month another story of abuse made headlines when an Indonesian maid died in Malaysia after suspected mistreatment by her employer.

Adelina Lisao was rescued from her employer’s home last week but died later in hospital. She was found with wounds to her hands and feet, and said that she was made to sleep outside with a pet rottweiler, Reuters reported.

Filipino household workers who were repatriated from Kuwait arrive in Manila. Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry estimates 276,000 Filipino expatriates are in the country Photo: Francis R. Malasig

Indonesia is now considering a ban on sending workers to Malaysia, according to local news outlet SINDOnews. It had previously imposed a ban in 2009, but it was lifted three years later with the stipulation that better protection be offered to the maids.

Malaysia has one of the highest rates of foreign labour in Asia, with approximately 2.5 million Indonesians working there. According to Muhammad Iqbal, the director of the Protection of Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entities department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, more than half of them are working illegally, the BBC reported.

Online service

At the start of 2018, Malaysia launched an online maid recruiting service to provide an efficient means of employing overseas workers. The Maid Online system (SMO) allows employers to hire maids from nine specified countries at a far cheaper rate than by going through agencies. With the SMO, the process of hiring a maid could take as little as eight days.

One of the countries involved is Cambodia, which announced in January that it was lifting a ban on sending maids to Malaysia. The ban was imposed in 2011 following reports of mistreatment of Cambodian maids.

“On the 1st of June this year, the first group of migrant workers will depart to Malaysia,” Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng said, according to the Phnom Penh Post.

Malaysian human resources minister Richard Riot asserted that the maids coming through the system would be protected under Malaysian law once they arrived in the country, the Phnom Penh Post reported.

Many households in Malaysia employ foreign maids, mostly from Indonesia but also from Cambodia, Philippines and Sri Lanka.

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