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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.

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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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New Philippine prisons won’t fix broken justice system

By: Paul Millar - Posted on: August 10, 2016 | Current Affairs

As President Duterte’s brutal war on drugs strains already overcrowded Philippine prisons, human rights workers say pouring money into new jails isn’t the answer

Tooth extraction in a Philippine prison
A Filipino inmate undergoes tooth extraction at the city jail of Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 19 July 2012. Photo: EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Building new prisons to house the hordes arrested in Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s fierce crackdown on the drug trade will do little to address the fundamental failings of the justice system, human rights workers have said.

Philippine officials confirmed yesterday that the government will allocate funding for new correctional facilities to cope with the thousands of men and women filling the country’s chronically overcrowded jails that have been widely condemned for their lack of food, space, sanitation and safety.

Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said Duterte’s war on drugs is having a devastating effect on a justice system already straining to cope with the number of criminals in detention.

“It’s been disastrous,” he told Southeast Asia Globe. “What you’re facing is many people being rounded up and placed in an already overburdened correctional system which is serviced by courts that are, frankly, paragons of inefficiency.”

Robertson pointed to the widespread lack of bail for non-violent offenders as a key failure of the Philippine justice system.

“You end up with people facing long periods of pre-trial detention and effectively denied bail, which they should be allowed to receive,” he said.

The officials’ announcement comes just days after a series of harrowing AFP pictures of conditions inside the overcrowded Quezon City Jail sparked international outrage. The photographs showed thousands of near-naked men – who have to sleep in shifts on the concrete floors of the prison – living without access to basic sanitation.

Quezon City Jail was built more than 60 years ago to house a maximum of 800 inmates. Today, there are almost 4,000.

Overcrowding in Philippine prisons
Angel Lopez, 6, waits outside the cell as she runs errands for her father (in yellow shirt) whose languishing for two years without trial inside a jail in Quezon City, Philippines, 01 July 2003. Overcrowding in Philippine prisons has been a problem for more than a decade.

“The prisons are undoubtedly overcrowded and in need of urgent reform, with prisoners facing conditions which do not meet international standards,” said Ritz Lee Santos III, Amnesty International Philippines chairperson.

Although Philippine interior secretary Ismael Sueno told AFP that Duterte was committed to the rehabilitation of the swathes of criminals arrested in his drug crackdown, Santos said there was little real evidence of reform.

The president has mentioned that he will do something [to address the] current situation in the prison cells,” he said. “However, we have yet to see tangible [progress] as far as the prison management system here in the Philippines.”

Robertson said that the government’s announcement was an unsustainable solution to a problem rooted in the entrenched inequality of the Philippine justice system.

“The situation’s getting worse day by day because more and more people are being arrested in this broad drugs crackdown,” he said. “Saying they’ll build something that won’t be open for a year or two doesn’t really help solve the problem today. And the way things are filling up in the current correctional facilities, by the time these new places are open they’re going to be full of people as well. So they need to be thinking beyond a bricks and mortar approach to the problem.”

Santos said the overcrowding within correctional facilities made it difficult for criminals to leave prison as functioning members of society.

“One key goal of prison is rehabilitation,” he said. “There are [existing] schemes within the prison system, but these are undercut by the poor conditions.”