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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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Press freedom / Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in Myanmar controversial case

By: Robin Spiess - Posted on: September 3, 2018 | Current Affairs

A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for breaching Myanmar’s state secrets law while investigating the Rohingya crisis

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture as they prepare to leave the Insein township court in Yangon, Myanmar Photo: Lynn Bo Bo / EPA-EFE

With a smile, two thumbs up and a wholehearted wave for their onlookers, detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone,32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, entered a Myanmar court today to hear the verdict in their ongoing “state secrets” trial.

The two journalists, both Myanmar nationals, were detained in December last year during their investigation into a massacre of ten Rohingya men in a small village in the Rakhine state. They were arrested while carrying official documents given to them by police and charged under the Official Secrets Act, a British colonial-era law that has a maximum sentence of 14 years.

The reporters have repeatedly stated their innocence, insisting that they were set up and that their arrests were politically motivated. While testimony from a Myanmar police officer corroborated the reporters’ account that they had been framed, the testifying police officer has since been sentenced to an undisclosed prison term for violating Myanmar’s Police Disciplinary Act.

The seven-year sentences were handed down despite calls for the reporters’ acquittal from press freedom advocates from the United Nations (UN), European Union, United States, Canada and Australia. Dozens of activists and journalists marched in Yangon yesterday in support of the duo.

“Today is a sad day for Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and press freedom anywhere,” Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler said following the verdict.

An official statement released by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned the conviction as a major setback for freedom and stated that the sentence is directly linked to increasing military rule in Myanmar under Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership.

“The outrageous convictions of the Reuters journalists show Myanmar courts’ willingness to muzzle those reporting on military atrocities,” said Brad Adams, Asia Director at HRW.  “These sentences mark a new low for press freedom and further backsliding on rights under Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.”

He added that the government should abandon the court’s verdicts and release the two journalists immediately.

“These convictions won’t hide the horrors against the Rohingya from the world – they merely reveal the precarious state of free speech in the country and the urgent need for international action to free these journalists,” Adams said.

The ruling comes at a time of mounting international criticism of the Myanmar military’s human rights abuses against the state’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Last week, the UN released a report that called for Myanmar army generals to be investigated for “gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law”. The report was rejected by the Myanmar government, which continues to deny extensive evidence of atrocities and refuse to allow independent investigators into the region.