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Beyond Borders | Treading Lightly on A Nervous Planet, Cycling and Greening the Money

Beyond Borders | Treading Lightly on A Nervous Planet, Cycling and Greening the Money
By Reporting ASEAN • Issue #8 • View online
Greetings of fortitude and resilience for the lunar new year!
Yes, yes, COVID-19 continues to stalk us even as the year of the tiger is headed our way. Still, the arrival of yet another new year invites us to draw strength from within, so that is ‘as within, so without’. Hopefully.
This issue comes with a mixed bag of stories, most of them around sustainability issues (from cycling to green finance) . Check out our set of editorial cartoons, reflecting the perspectives of artists from Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Reporting ASEAN had its own webinar on ‘Reporting Sustainability’ in December, with resource speakers from newsrooms in Southeast Asia and colleagues at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (Indonesia) and the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore).
Apart from speaking at webinars on science, communication and journalism, and on election reporting in Southeast Asia, I got to talk about reporting with a regional lens and share Reporting ASEAN’s story in this video interview with the Heinrich Boell Foundation Southeast Asia. (The Reporting ASEAN series is eight years old this year.)
Looking ahead, 2022 promises to be an eventful year, what with the Philippine presidential election coming up in May and the continuing crisis that is Myanmar - and the sticky position ASEAN finds itself in relation to that country.
A preview of our next issue: We’ll have stories and updates around Myanmar, which will be marking the first anniversary of the Feb 1 coup.
A safe, and sane, year ahead – and do pass this on to others,
Johanna Son
Editor/Founder - Reporting ASEAN in Bangkok reportingaseandesk@fastmail.net

Photo from the Chinese-heritage compound Lhong 1919 in Bangkok | J Son
Photo from the Chinese-heritage compound Lhong 1919 in Bangkok | J Son
1 S is for Sustainability
Ways to Tread More Lightly on a Nervous Planet
Singapore: Greening the Money
How Green Can Singapore Get?
Philippines: Cycling Picks Up In COVID-19, But Transport Woes Persist
The S Files: Sustainability in Numbers
2 #mediaonmedia
We Asked Journalists How They See Sustainability in News
3 Myanmar Watch
December and January did not see a stop to the arrests of journalists in Myanmar. From our latest update below (10 Jan): A total of 115 arrests since the February 2020 coup, 44 still in detention and at least 14 convicted, mostly on incitement charges under Section 505 (a) of the Myanmar Penal Code and sentenced to 2 to 3 years’ imprisonment. There is talk of new arrests, which we will do updates on.
Worrisome are the three deaths of journalists thus far. Two were killed while reporting or in military operations/attacks, and one while in custody.
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