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Hello there! It's me, Kirsten. I run the We, The Citizens newsletter.

Me + one of the cats you'll be supporting as a Milo Peng Funder.

I'm an independent journalist from Singapore. I've written for a range of publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy and Rest of World. My first book, The Singapore I Recognise: Essays on home, community and hope, was published in September 2023.

Nice things—apart from job satisfaction, that is—have come out of all this writing. In 2018, I received an Honourable Mention for the World Justice Project’s Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism. The next year, I won a Human Rights Press Award for commentaries on freedom of expression in Singapore at a time when the government was pushing through problematic legislation to tackle "fake news".

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I started We, The Citizens in 2018 because I wanted to show that there are tons of issues in Singapore that can be discussed through a human rights lens, and to demonstrate that there is a lot of civil society activity here. The "Singaporeans are all politically apathetic" stereotype isn't true!

With We, The Citizens, I cannot promise you "objective" or "neutral" journalism. My background, experiences, and politics inform how I see the world, and therefore how I write about it. This newsletter is definitely opinionated, but I strive to be fair, open and transparent.

These are some of the questions that inform my approach to running this newsletter:

Ultimately, if you subscribe to this newsletter, you'll be getting a different perspective of Singapore than what you see elsewhere. While I do curate news stories from the local mainstream media, I ask different questions and provide commentary from a different angle. I also often report on things that might not make it into mainstream coverage.

Right now, this newsletter has over 4,000 subscribers, of which over 350 are Milo Peng Funders. This support has allowed me to keep running it independently and start things like the Kaya Toast Mini-Mentorship Initiative, which is my effort to share what I've learnt and build capacity for politically engaged writing in Singapore. If you'd like to find out more, if you have any feedback or comments, or if you just want to have a chat, you can contact me here.

Milo Peng Funders' support also allows me to keep contributing my time and energy to civil society activities. I've been an anti-death penalty activist since 2010, and am currently a member of the Transformative Justice Collective.

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