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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.

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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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Press Freedom / Myanmar jails police officer for testifying in favour of Reuters journalists

Posted on: April 30, 2018 | Current Affairs

The Myanmar policeman who corroborated reporters’ account of controversial arrests has been sentenced to an undisclosed prison sentence

Prosecution witness police captain Moe Yan Naing sits outside the court in Yangon, Myanmar Photo: Nyein Chan Naing / EPA-EFE

The Myanmar policeman who recently testified in court that police had framed two jailed Reuters journalists has been sentenced to an undisclosed prison sentence for violating Myanmar’s Police Disciplinary Act, a police spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.

Captain Moe Yan Naing told a Yangon court on 20 April that a Myanmar police chief ordered officers to “trap” the Reuters reporter Wa Lone by luring him to a restaurant to give him secret documents.

“Police Brigadier General Tin Ko Ko gave the documents to Police Lance Corporal Naing Lin and told him to give them to Wa Lone and said that when Wa Lone comes out of the restaurant, the Htaunt Kyant regional police force has to entrap him and arrest him,” Reuters reported Moe Yan Naing telling the court on 20 April.

“Police Brigadier General Tin Ko Ko told the police members, ‘if you don’t get Wa Lone, you will go to jail’”.

After the hearing, Reuters president and editor in chief Stephen Adler said in a statement that the case should be stopped immediately.

“Today the court finally heard the truth. One of the prosecution’s own witnesses admitted that the police received orders to plant evidence and arrest Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo on false charges,” he said. “This case cannot be squared with fairness or justice, and it’s time to bring it to an end.”

Wa Lone and his colleague who accompanied him to the restaurant, Kyaw Soe Oo, were arrested in December for illegally possessing secret government documents. The two reporters are currently being held under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years.

At the time of their arrest, the pair were reporting on the brutal murder of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State, which many have pointed to as evidence that the case against them is politically motivated.

Since being taken into police custody, the two reporters have consistently maintained that they were set up by police officers, an account of events that Moe Yan Naing’s testimony appears to support.

In November, Wa Lone had interviewed Moe Yan Naing about police operations in Rakhine State, something that the paramilitary 8th Security Police Battalion considered unacceptable, according to Moe Yan Naing, who told the court that he was arrested by police the same day that they arrested the Reuters journalists.

On Sunday, police spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe confirmed to Reuters that Moe Yan Naing had been “punished” and “sent to prison” for his testimony, which he said violated the country’s Police Disciplinary Act. 

Less than 24 hours after Moe Yan Naing gave his testimony, his wife and children were evicted from their home in police housing in Naypyitaw. Police have denied the two events were connected, but have yet to provide further details on the matter.

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