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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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Rohingya crisis / Reuters journalists covering clampdown on Rohingya in Myanmar arrested

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: December 14, 2017 | Current Affairs

The news agency confirmed arrest of its reporters, saying the two men had gone for a dinner meeting they had scheduled with two police officers

Two Reuters journalists named Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested on the outskirts of Yangon on 12 December 2017 by Myanmar police for possessing police documents Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Two journalists working for Reuters were arrested on Tuesday in Myanmar for attempting to report on the crackdown by security forces against the Muslim-minority Rohingya in Rakhine State, the news agency reported.

Reuters said they received confirmation on Wednesday that the journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were taken into custody on Tuesday evening after they had gone for a dinner meeting they had scheduled with two police officials in the city of Yangon, Myanmar’s former capital.

Both the journalists and the police who were allegedly working with the pair are being detained, a spokesperson for Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar who carries the title of state counsellor, confirmed to Reuters in a phone call.

“Not only your reporters, but also the policemen who were involved in that case. We will take action against those policemen and also the reporters,” the spokesman, Zaw Htay, was quoted as saying.

A statement on the Facebook page of Myanmar’s ministry of information explained that both the journalists and policemen face charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act.

The post, which included an accompanying photo of the journalists in handcuffs, went on to say that the accused had “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media”.

During an interview with the New York Times, U Myint Kyaw, an advocate for freedom of the press in Myanmar, explained that between 80% and 90% of the documents in the country are considered to be confidential.

If the journalists are found guilty of sharing what the government considers to be ‘confidential’ documents, they could face a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, Kyaw said, according to the New York Times.

Reuters has said that the first piece of information they received about the journalists arrests came after a text was sent from Wa Lone’s phone saying, “I have been arrest [sic].”

The agency then had journalists who were also working in the same region file two missing persons reports after unsuccessfully trying to reach their phones, which appeared to have been turned off.

President and editor in chief of Reuters Stephen J. Adler was quoted by his news organisation as being “outraged” at the arrest of his employees, adding that it was a “blatant attack on press freedom”.

“We call for the authorities to release them immediately,” Adler said, according to Reuters.

Wa Lone, 31, and Soe Oo, 27, have been covering the Rohingya crisis, and other regionals issues, for Reuters for since at least September of this year.

In August, Myanmar’s security forces launched a clampdown on Muslim-minority Rohingya, accusing them of staging attacks on police stations. More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled their homes and sought refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh in what is Southeast Asia’s biggest humanitarian crisis in recent times.

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