Democratising Democracy in Southeast Asia

/ with New Naratif: The Future is Gentle Event Recap

In today’s Community Corner, let’s revisit /ba·ca/ with New Naratif’s The Future is Gentle, an Agenda Warga special where we invited Indonesians to an intimate discussion on how to build a more compassionate future. This special / with New Naratif featured Jalla ‘Jelly’ Ismail, an art worker and co-founder of the trans/nonbinary/intersex art collective, Kolektif…


Reflecting and Envisioning Transnational Southeast Asian Feminist and Gender Justice Movements

Having explored structural and systemic factors as well as daily challenges hindering the work of Southeast Asian feminist and gender justice activists, in this explainer, we delve into the possibility of facilitating transnational movement-building. We first explore existing transnational feminist and gender justice movements that our research participants have formed or joined. Then, we reflect…

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The Principles of Southeast Asia Democracy

Democracy means “the power of the people”, but do Southeast Asians feel they have the power? Do their governments genuinely represent them? Are their voices heard or taken into account? We have elections, therefore we are a democracy.” This isn’t sufficient proof that democracy exists. As the history of Southeast Asia shows, democracy is more than elections. The people need to play an active role in decision-making and be able to express their opinions.


Story Fellowship 2023: Mobility, Home, and Belonging Across East and Southeast Asia

We believe that real human stories play a crucial role in raising awareness, understanding, and sympathy towards migrant communities and stateless people alike. Those who are immobile or involuntarily mobile have been stripped of basic rights and privileges we often take for granted.

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Agenda Warga Indonesia

Di tengah percakapan dominan tentang elektabilitas politisi, manuver politik partai, dan siasat para kandidat jelang Pemilu 2024: bisakah urusan politik mikro—perkara kehidupan warga sehari-hari—mendapat cukup ruang dalam “pesta demokrasi”?

Agenda Warga adalah ruang menyuarakan keresahan dan kepedulian, sekaligus untuk memperkuat partisipasi politik kita sebagai warga negara.

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Keanggotaan dengan Rupiah

Sebagai sebuah hub untuk demokrasi, New Naratif berfokus pada penguatan komunitas. Kini kamu bisa bergabung sebagai anggota New Naratif dengan pembayaran Rupiah.

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Fighting Forward

In this special episode produced in collaboration with BEBESEA, Ali Reza Yawari shows us the life of a refugee lost in the middle of a country that doesn’t acknowledge his…

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Thailand’s Press by the People

In this episode, we will talk about the media freedom situation in Thailand, how “the press by the people for the people” can change the status quo, and what kind…

Cambodia’s Media Clampdown

In this episode, we will talk about media shutdowns and shrinking democratic space in Cambodia, how media workers and the public alike are dealing with the situation, and how regional…

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Kelas Demokrasi: Mendengar Agenda Warga Event Recap

New Naratif launched Agenda Warga in collaboration with The Conversation Indonesia. With 33 participants, the inaugural Democracy Classroom discussed what participants thought should be the most important issues in Indonesia…

Southeast Asia faces severe challenges to media freedom in the form of hostile regulatory, legal, and commercial environments.

Here at New Naratif, we believe that independent media is vital to building Southeast Asian democracy, and as part of the Media Freedom in Southeast Asia Project, the Media Freedom Network (MFN) is our response to these challenges.

/ba∙ca/ with New Naratif is a reading group series that invites members to come together to discuss selected stories published by New Naratif. Discussions are led by New Naratif team members and feature guest speakers and contributors.

/ba∙ca/ with New Naratif aims to bring our community together to discuss complicated issues and take collective action.



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The 22 Most Important Issues Facing Indonesia in 2023

In Stage 1 of The Citizens’ Agenda 2023, New Naratif asked Indonesians what they think are the most important issues facing Indonesia, and what they’d like political candidates to talk about in the next general election. Here’s what our readers said (and didn’t say).

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