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Kirsten Han

Editor-in-Chief, New Naratif
Covers:  death penalty, activism, social justice, singapore, social justice activism, social justice issues, southeast asia, democracy building, human rights, social media, advocacy, race and ethnicity, media freedom, politics, current affairs, internet freedom, press freedom

Singaporean journalist and activist. Editor-in-Chief of @NewNaratif. Mother of cats.

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Originally trained in film and video production, I got my introduction to journalism while working as an assistant producer on documentary projects at Lianain Films. The stories we covered – from dowry violence in Bangladesh to China’s mission to foster medal-winning athletes – opened my eyes to ...

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Also, we can’t bring back the estate duty because it will hit the middle income harder, whereas the rich will find ways around it. Sure, but isn’t that what effective enforcement is for? #SGBudget2018
Indranee Rajah on why we can’t exempt GST on basic goods: "Rice is eaten by not only the low income, but also the high income… actually, given that the higher income are the ones who can afford to buy more, they are likely to benefit more.” 
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Singapore Advocacy Awards

2016 - Advocate of the Year
Kirsten is a rare Singapore activist whose work extends into several issue domains. As a full-time independent journalist, she investigates and writes about issues of critical importance to Singapore that are often under-emphasised in the local mainstream media. These include minority rights, freedom of expression, civil rights, migrant worker rights, and the abolition of the death penalty. Writing eloquently and courageously, she provides thoughtful, critical, and passionate commentary on these matters, giving her readers in Singapore and abroad fresh perspectives. Outside of journalism, Kirsten’s desire to help bring about a more equitable and just society drives her to mobilise and inspire others to action. For example, she works with law students and others on the We Believe in Second Chances campaign, calling for the abolishment of the death penalty in Singapore and building a community of support for families of death row prisoners. Their efforts played a part in persuading the Singapore authorities to review the mandatory death penalty for drug couriers. Kirsten is an inspiration to both journalists and activists.

AWARE Awards

2016 - Champion of Gender Justice and Equality
Freelance journalist and activist Kirsten Han has eloquently used hard-hitting journalism to raise the bar on human rights reports and social commentaries, and centre discussions of gender in social and political conversation in Singapore. Her vocal support of migrant and domestic workers, sex workers, single parents and diverse family structures has been an influential force in steering local discourse. With over 140 published stories in 35 publications, she is a force to be reckoned with. During the 2015 General Elections, Kirsten steered public attention to the issue of gender. She highlighted the gender imbalance in candidates, offensive remarks about motherhood, stereotypes about women, and lack of racial minority women. She has also bravely and consistently put the spotlight on sexist harassment and trolling of women who are public figures. She is a huge positive force who empowers the vulnerable and marginalised, and makes visible the human faces behind stories that are often swept under the rug.