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New Naratif is a movement democratising democracy in Southeast Asia. Our vision is to foster an inclusive Southeast Asia community where all peoples are fully engaging and participating in building democracy. We build capacity for this through our three-step process: engage, educate, and empower Southeast Asians.

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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.

Agenda Warga

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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A Little Bit Yours

In this short piece of personal literature, Reina Cristine Kudo takes us through the various seasons of her life as she unlearns the internalised racist shaming she experiences as a…

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Pigeons and Doves

In London, a broken Lim Chin Siong, with the help of his therapist Eileen Tay, tries to step away from the precipice. Philip Holden’s story probes deeply and gently into…

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media freedom in southeast asia

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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.


Democracy Unbound: Free Speech in Indonesia’s New Era

This episode was recorded in front of an online live audience as part of our Media Freedom Network Legal Briefing activity. In this episode with Fatia Muliyadiyanti and Haris Azhar we discuss their court victory following their criminalisation over a video discussing the involvement of Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar…

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Merengkuh Keberagaman: Sebuah Jalan menuju Demokrasi, Keadilan Gender, dan Feminisme Dekolonial Asia Tenggara

Artikel penjelasan ini merangkum temuan-temuan yang sebelumnya ditelusuri dalam rangkaian publikasi kami terkait keadilan gender dan demokrasi di Asia Tenggara. Bercermin dari perjalanan riset, kami menyelami konsep dan praktik-praktik “belajar dari para penentang lain”, sebuah istilah yang dekat dengan feminisme dekolonial — suatu semangat yang mendasari keseluruhan riset kami.

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