Journalism

Reporting In! 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020

We believe in openness and transparency. As a matter of principle, we share how we’ve been doing, from the amount of content we’ve published to the state of our finances. Here's our report from the Oct 2019 - Mar 2020 (with accounts from Apr 2019 - Mar 2020).
  • New Naratif
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The Serpent Seekers of North Java

Catching snakes for their skin used to be a lucrative business in North Java. Now, with imports of snakes increasingly banned abroad and the use of buffalo hide as a substitute, snake catchers in Indonesia may soon have to find other sources of income.
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
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Down and Out in Bandung’s Dollar City

In the 1960s, Bandung experienced a textile boom that brought prosperity and jobs to the area. In the present day, locals complain of endemic pollution and health problems linked to unscrupulous factories dumping their waste in the city’s waterways.
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
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Fear and Loathing at Citarum’s Pollution Ground Zero

Along West Java’s longest river, the Citarum, chemical pollution, siltation and agriculture waste have made the waterway one of the world’s dirtiest. Those working on its banks say efforts are being made to clean it up. But will they turn the tide?
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
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Singapore’s Migrant Labour-Climate Crisis Conundrum

Some migrants in Singapore are employed in industries that exploit both the environment and workers themselves, contributing to the climate crisis that sent many fleeing hostile weather conditions at home, as well as a labour crisis that relies on precarious work.
  • Meerabelle Jesuthasan
  • Charis Loke
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The Silence of Myanmar’s Whistle-Blower Cop

Former police captain Moe Yan Naing has been showered with awards for exposing a police plot to entrap two journalists who uncovered a military massacre of Rohingya. The awards have shielded him from questions about his own potential involvement in the killings.
  • Jacob Goldberg
  • Cape Diamond
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Berpulang Tanpa Perayaan

Pandemi turut menimbulkan riak bagi tatanan sosial budaya masyarakat Batak. Berbagai ritual kematian sakral—yang dapat berlangsung berhari-hari dan dihadiri ratusan orang—kini harus turut disiasati.
  • Tonggo Simangunsong
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An Absence of Adat

In North Sumatra, Indonesia, Batak culture has strong, distinct rituals around death known as adat. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, these customs have had to be adapted. Is Batak adat in the midst of a cultural sea change?
  • Tonggo Simangunsong
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活在生死之间

马来西亚的新政府在政权更迭的几月后开始考虑废除死刑。在这具有争议性的讨论中,一名死囚的案件引发了关于错误处决的一些问题。原文发表于2019年7月3日。
  • Emily Ding
  • Charis Loke
  • Ellena Ekarahendy
  • Jessica Xu
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Myanmar’s Cinema Centenary and Film Censorship

As the nation celebrates its 100th year of filmmaking, documentary filmmakers say their genre is gaining ground while documentarians still face old challenges, from government censorship to limited funding.
  • Adam Bemma
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Death With a Dash of Disney

At a cemetery designated for the COVID-19 pandemic’s dead in Medan, Indonesia, staff require mourners to wear protective clothes, and offer to capture their visit on camera for posterity.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
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The Bloodied Arm of the Law

In Malaysia, police violence and deaths in custody are much-overlooked concerns, despite calls for investigation from human rights watchdogs. The numbers, and detainees and advocates behind them, show a grim, complicated picture.
  • Foong Li Mei
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Can Cambodia Eradicate the World’s Most Fatal Disease?

Each year, hundreds of people in Cambodia are estimated to die of rabies, which is treatable but fatal once symptoms present. Animal welfare and health experts say vaccinating the nation’s dogs and controlling the dog meat trade could help prevent deaths.
  • Kieran Murray
  • Andy Ball
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Indonesia’s COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

As Indonesia struggles with the global pandemic, another “viral” strain has surfaced: disinformation in the form of conspiracy theories.
  • Johannes Nugroho
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The Rat Catchers of Takeo

During the rainy season, rising waters in the rice fields surrounding Cambodia’s Koh Andet district provide an ample supply of rodents. As the global economic downturn leaves many jobless, some are turning to catching and exporting rats to make ends meet.
  • Mech Dara
  • Ananth Baliga
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Mami Vera, Pelindung Orang-orang Dolly

Area lokalisasi Dolly di Surabaya dulunya terkenal luas untuk kekerasan dan kejahatan di dalamnya. Sejak akhir 1980an, Lilik Sulistiowati menyusuri gang-gang sempit dan gelap kawasan itu—membaktikan hidupnya untuk anak-anak dengan HIV dan orang-orang lain yang dipinggirkan masyarakat.
  • Reno Surya
  • Ivan Darski
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