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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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Censorship / Indonesian teen jailed for posting insults of the president on Facebook

By: Thomas Brent - Posted on: January 17, 2018 | Current Affairs

The 18-year-old Indonesian was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison and was ordered to pay a $700 fine

Indonesian President Joko Widodo looks on during the Asean Canada 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines on 14 November 2017 Photo: Ezra Acayan/EPA

A teenager from Medan, Indonesia, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for insulting President Joko Widodo in a series of Facebook posts.

The 18-year-old, known only by his initials MFB, was found guilty of breaking the Electronic Transactions Act (ITE) after making defamatory and slanderous comments online, Channel News Asia reported.

Using fake Facebook accounts, the teen took aim at both President Widodo and National Police Chief Tito Karnavian by sharing messages and memes that mocked the two officials, Coconuts reported.

The teen was arrested in August of last year, coming shortly after posting a taunting message on his Facebook account to the police that read: “A week has passed, yet not one cop has arrested me. What is going on with the police institution?”

In addition to the jail sentence, Channel News Asia reported that the judge who handed down the ruling also ordered the 18-year-old to pay a $700 fine.

“If the fines are not paid, the jail term is extended by one month,” the judge said.

The teen accepted the verdict and has not filed any appeals.

During the hearing, he did, however, offer up an explanation for creating the inflammatory posts, saying they were the by-product of his frustration with the government for creating policies that he believed were unsuccessful, according to Coconuts Jakarta.

The Muslim-majority country’s recent crackdown on online comments through the controversial Internet law has led to much criticism from international rights activists, with many claiming ITE is draconian and a threat to freedom of speech.

UK-based Amnesty International has come out against the Indonesian law, saying the “broad and vaguely worded laws (have been) used to arbitrarily restrict the rights to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly and of association” in Indonesia, the BBC reported.

MFB is not the first to fall foul to the government’s strict attempt to control online speech. Just last week, a politician from the island of Sumatra was sentenced to one year in prison for writing a Facebook post that allegedly insulted the religion of Islam.

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