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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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Media / The Philippines ties for sixth worst in the world for number of journalists killed

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: January 3, 2018 | Current Affairs

There were 81 reporters killed in the last year, which is a decrease from the 93 killed in 2016

A Filipino photographer shows a placard during a protest against House Bill 4807 or the ‘Protection Against Personal Intrusion Act’, in front of the Philippines Congress on 9 September 2014 Photo: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) reported in their annual report that the Asia Pacific region had the most reporters killed in 2017, with a total of 26 journalists.

For specific countries, the Philippines came in sixth overall with four media workers reported to have been murdered in the past year.

The IFJ’s annual Kill Report, which is released at the end of each year, found at least 81 reporters to have been killed in 2017 from targeted killings, crossfire incidents or car bombings. This was a decrease from the previous year, which saw 93 journalists killed while doing their job.

Though the number of reporters killed in 2017 is the lowest that the IFJ has reported in the last decade, the mounting threats of violence against media staff remains “unacceptably high,” IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said in a statement.

“We find it most disturbing that this decrease cannot be linked to any measure by governments to tackle the impunity for these crimes targeting journalists,” Bellanger said.

One of the more troubling findings from the report, the IFJ noted, was the “unprecedented numbers of journalists” who were jailed, forced to flee or were actively self-censoring their reporting.

“More journalists are in jail than at any time in recent years,” the IFJ general secretary added.

Within the IFJ’s discoveries, they found that more than 250 journalists were imprisoned in 2017.

For Southeast Asia, the country with the worst rate of imprisoning journalists was Vietnam, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported. The one-party Communist state currently has ten journalists behind bars.

With respect to media persons being murdered, the Philippines was reported by the IFJ to be the worst offender within Southeast Asia, tying for sixth worst in the world with Pakistan.

Of the journalists killed in the Philippines in 2017, there were two columnists, Joaquin Briones and Leo Diaz, a radio anchor, Rudy Alicaway, and a broadcast journalist, Christopher Iban Lozada.

Brinoes, 53, was described by the IFJ as a “hard hitting journalist” and was known in his native country by his listeners as ‘Dos por Dos’ after hosting a popular radio show.

He was killed after being shot four times in the back by assailants in March 2017, Philippine police reported.

Alicaway, 47, and Diaz, 60, were both shot and killed on 6 and 7 August respectively. The 47-year-old broadcaster worked for a popular community affairs radio show, the AFP reported, while Diaz was a former policeman who reported on political corruption and drugs.

Lozada, 29, was the most recent murder, after being killed from a fatal gunshot wound when he and his live-in partner were ambushed last October.

In another study released from the IFJ, the Philippines was found to have killed 146 journalists between 1990 and 2015, which made it the second most dangerous country to report in after Iraq.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office last year, has run a critical campaign of local journalists who cover his anti-drug war that has claimed the lives of thousands of Filipinos.

Before taking office, the AFP reported how Duterte was quoted as saying during a press conference that: “Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch.”

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