Journalism

Campaign of Hate? Fake News and Anti-Refugee Rhetoric in Malaysia

Hate speech targeting refugees in Malaysia, often rooted in false information, has spread online as the nation stares down the threat of COVID-19. The allegedly organised rhetoric has turned some against refugees and migrants alike.
  • Jules Rahman Ong
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"The Fear Is Always With Me": Refugees in Malaysia Recount Recent Lockdowns and Raids

Since Malaysia imposed a Movement Control Order amid the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration raids following strict lockdown orders have affected refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers. In addition to the virus, these communities must also cope with persistent fears of possible arrest and deportation.
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Jaw Tu Hkawng
  • Benjamin
  • Hasnoor Hussain
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POFMA: Singapore’s Clumsy “Fake News” Hammer

Misinformation has been circulating within Singaporean circles during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially within closed messaging apps like WhatsApp. Yet the country’s anti-“fake news” law is of limited use in tackling false narratives within these spaces.
  • Kirsten Han
  • Charis Loke
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Myanmar’s Sikh Community

The Sikhs in Myanmar have survived the Imperial Japanese Army, anti-Indian campaigns and military-managed nationalisation, but their community is facing perhaps its biggest challenge yet: the aspirations of its youth.
  • Lorcan Lovett
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Hydropower Dams in Contested Areas

Numerous hydropower dams are being built or planned in Myanmar, causing serious concern for the environment. The problem is further compounded by the fact that these dams constructed in areas of ethnic conflict.
  • Brennan O'Connor
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“Ini Tentang Kebahagiaan”

Biarpun pemerintah Indonesia melarang sabung ayam, para penduduk Toraja di Sulawesi Selatan tetap menikmati hiburan yang hidup sebagai tradisi masyarakat selama ratusan tahun tersebut.
  • Eko Rusdianto
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Stretched Thin: Inside Jakarta’s Ambulance Service

As COVID-19 has spread across Indonesia, with Jakarta at the centre of viral transmission, the capital’s under-resourced Emergency Ambulance Service and relatively small number of first responders and vehicles have become increasingly overwhelmed.
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Muhammad Ishomuddin
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Historical Perspective: "A Note On Academic Freedom and Politics"

As academic freedom, freedom of expression, and student activism continued to be actively suppressed in Singapore, we republish this article from October 1954 reflecting on how crucial all three are to the future development of the country and its democracy.
  • New Naratif
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About Happiness

While cock-fighting is frowned upon by the local authorities in Indonesia, residents of Toraja in Sulawesi still enjoy this centuries-old form of entertainment.
  • Eko Rusdianto
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Respons New Naratif ke atas Arahan Pembetulan POFMA

New Naratif membalas tindakan penggunaan Akta Perlindungan daripada Kepalsuan dan Manipulasi Dalam Talian (POFMA) oleh kerajaan PAP Singapura terhadap kami, dan menegaskan pendapat kami mengenai kesan POFMA terhadap kebebasan bersuara di Singapura.
  • New Naratif
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“新叙事”对POFMA纠正指令的回复

人民行动党政府利用《防止网络虚假信息与操纵法令》(Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act, POFMA)对付“新叙事”,我们对此作出了回应,同时也重申了我们关于POFMA对新加坡言论自由将如何造成冲击的观点。
  • New Naratif
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New Naratif's Response to the POFMA Correction Direction

New Naratif responds to the use of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) against it by the PAP government of Singapore, and reiterates our opinions on POFMA's impact on freedom of expression in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
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TraceTogether: Learning Who to Trust in a Pandemic

The TraceTogether app in Singapore has been controversial since its inception. While it may ultimately prove very successful, there is a worry that it plays on the fears of citizens and will increase levels of distrust in the local community.
  • Hallam Stevens
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The Last Wrongs: A Woman’s Burial in Medan’s Mass Graves

The way people are dying in Indonesia has changed. And under the country’s draconian COVID-19 protocols, even those who have tested negative for coronavirus are being buried in mass graves—without family present to say goodbye.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
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Faith and Climate Change

Southeast Asia is one of the regions in the world most affected by climate change. Faith-based communities and organised religions have immense potential to address issues of climate change and environmental justice through their collective engagement, ethical teachings and ability to influence action among adherents.
  • Nadiah Rosli
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Medical Waste Collectors: Cambodia’s Unseen Front-Line Workers

On the front lines of Cambodia’s fight against COVID-19, the five-man team responsible for disposing of all of Phnom Penh’s medical waste says they are poorly equipped, uninsured and at risk of infection, but few recognise the challenges they face.
  • Gerald Flynn
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Myanmar’s Delayed Reaction to the “Foreign Virus”

Myanmar was relatively slow in acknowledging the COVID-19 public health threat. The government’s early denial is poised to have wide-ranging effects on a country ill-equipped to deal with a pandemic or the ensuing economic fallout.
  • Ivan Ogilvie
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