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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
journalism

Highlights

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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
journalism
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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
journalism

Doth Indonesia Protest Too Much?

Aisyah Llewellyn talks to Damai Pakpahan and Dr. Ian Wilson about the recent protests, the historical background and impact of demonstrations in Indonesia, and what the future may bring with the upcoming regional elections.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
podcast

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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
journalism

TraceTogether and the Societal Impact of Citizen Science

PJ Thum speaks to Hallam Stevens and Monamie Bhadra Haines, professors at Nanyang Technological University, about the TraceTogether app, and more broadly about Citizen Science, and the broader societal implications of using such technology to address deeply contentious and difficult political issues.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast
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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
journalism
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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
journalism

Citizen of the Earth: A Refugee Speaks Out

During the COVID-19 pandemic, society’s most vulnerable are at risk in several ways. Refugees and migrants in particular, whether documented or undocumented, face challenges such as having inadequate access to healthcare, reduced income and overall increased precarity. It becomes even more complicated when their host countries do not recognise their rights. On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, membership engagement manager, Deborah Augustin speaks to a journalist, writer and observer about the rise in xenophobia in Malaysia towards migrants and refugees. We’ve kept our guest’s identity anonymous out of concerns for his safety.
  • Deborah Augustin
podcast

NN Explains: What Is Voter Secrecy?

Voter secrecy ensures that individuals can cast their votes without fear or favour—key to ensuring free, fair and competitive elections in democracies.
  • Anngee Neo
comic

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
journalism

“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
journalism

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
journalism
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Violence and Discrimination Against LBTQ Persons in Singapore

Research by Singapore LBTQ women’s NGO Sayoni reveals experiences of violence and discrimination at home, in schools and in public spaces—casting doubt on the government’s claims to protect all people from violence regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. [Content Warning: violence, sexual assault, suicide, homophobia and transphobia]
  • Sayoni
  • Esther Lim
research
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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
journalism

How Bad Laws Are Created and Abused in Singapore (A POFMA Case Study)

PJ uses POFMA as a case study to demonstrate how Singapore's People's Action Party government writes poorly worded laws that give themselves immense amounts of power, while misleading the Singaporean people by saying the laws will be used responsibly and for good purposes but then using the law chiefly to silence critics and suppress opposition.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
video

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
journalism

Explainer: Discrimination in Singapore

Discrimination, bias and inequality of many kinds present problems in Singapore—just as they do in every society. Its laws, policies and practices should be based on recognising this fact, not denying it.
  • Jolene Tan
  • Esther Lim
research
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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
journalism

The Age of the Journalist

Today is World Press Freedom Day. In Southeast Asia, journalists face both legal and financial challenges when reporting. But now more than ever, quality journalism is important to keep people informed and many journalists across the globe continue to do that despite the threat of the current pandemic. On today’s episode, our Membership Engagement Manager Deborah Augustin speaks to Aisyah Llewellyn, our Editor in Chief about what it’s like to be out in the field when most people are being told to stay home.
  • Deborah Augustin
podcast

How the Oxley Road Scandal shows the Weakness of Public Institutions in Singapore

PJ explains Singapore's Oxley Road dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang; how Lee Kuan Yew's legacy is crucial to the PAP continuing to win elections and monopolising power; how this demonstrates the weakness of public institutions in Singapore; and how Singapore has the appearance of the form of public accountability and transparency but not the substance.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
video

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
journalism