This is We, The Citizens, a newsletter covering Singapore with a focus on politics, democracy, civil society, and social justice.
I'm Kirsten Han, a freelance journalist, activist, and cat slave. I run this newsletter because I want to bring people independent (and sometimes irreverent) reporting, commentary, and perspectives from my home country.
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Most subscribers of We, The Citizens are Singaporeans, or people who have an interest in/familiarity with Singapore and its politics. But I often meet people who would like to learn more, particularly in relation to politics, democracy, and civil liberties. I hope this primer will be helpful! Feel free
The following is based on observations made and research done in the course of campaigning against the death penalty and working with the families of death row inmates, which I have been doing since 2010. Efforts have been made over the years to verify information, but given the scarcity of
I’ve made multiple runs to police stations over the past week to follow up on cases and wait for people to be released from interrogation. While I’ve been mulling over writing up something about the experience of getting investigated for some time, recent incidents have made it seem
On World Press Freedom Day, I shared some experiences I and other journalists have had while trying to get information or answers from various Singapore government ministries, agencies, and state organs. They ranged from annoying bureaucracy to obstructionism to the outright absurd, including examples such as: Asking me to send
There won’t be a weekly wrap next week because I’m going on a five-day working staycation; I’m going to (mostly) lock myself into a room and edit my book manuscript, and try to get as much of it done as I can. But I’ll be holding
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