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What's this all about?

We, The Citizens is a newsletter covering Singapore with a focus on politics, democracy, civil society, and social justice.

It consists of:
- Weekly wraps of curated news links and developments, usually sent out on Saturday mornings
- Longform reported features
- Analysis and commentary
- Perspectives from civil society and the ground


Do I have to pay for this newsletter?

The weekly wraps are free—they get sent out via email to all subscribers, and are also accessible via the website. Occasional special issues are also free to access.

All other content will only be emailed to Milo Peng Funders (i.e. those with paid subscriptions). Some of this content might be made free to access via the website, but Milo Peng Funders will never miss an issue!

The fees paid by Milo Peng Funders go towards supporting my independent writing and activist work, allowing me to carve out time for things like my anti-death penalty activism, the organising of democracy classrooms, and writing a book.

Pssst... if you don't want to subscribe to We, The Citizens, but would like to support my work, you can tip me via Ko-Fi!


Who are you, and why are you writing this?

My name is Kirsten Han. I'm a Singaporean freelance journalist and activist who has been writing about my country and active in its civil society since 2010.

My bylines have appeared in publications like the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Lowy Institute's Interpreter. You can check out my portfolio here, and contact me here.

Besides my journalism work, I am also a member of the Transformative Justice Collective, and a founding member of We Believe in Second Chances, both of which work towards the abolition of the death penalty, among other issues related to criminal punishment and human rights.

In 2016, I was named the Advocate of the Year at the Singapore Advocacy Awards, and a Champion of Gender Justice and Equality at the AWARE Awards. In 2018, I received an Honourable Mention for the World Justice Project’s Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism. In 2019, I won a Human Rights Press Award for my commentaries on “fake news” and freedom of expression.

I spent a lot of time working, but when I'm not, I'm probably watching dramas, reading books, or generally tootling about on social media. I write about these things in my (irregular) secondary newsletter, Samseng Zhabor.