EngageMedia’s Crossroads workshop takes off in Sabah

Crossroads SabahSource: CJMY

Engagemedia has started a series of workshop known as Crossroads, targeting migrant workers, refugees and stateless people (MRS) in Sabah, to produce short advocacy videos of their respective situations in Malaysia.

The workshop, which kicked off on September 9, 2013, will provide practical knowledge on producing short advocacy videos. “I really feel excited to be able to learn new techniques on video advocacy,” said Raymond Sipanis, who is one of the participants in this workshop.

The Crossroads workshop in Sabah is a follow-up to the series of workshops conducted earlier in Klang Valley. In this workshop, Engagemedia will teaching participants, storytelling, video advocacy, storyboarding, camera handling training, and video editing.

Crossroads Sabah 2Editorial & Outreach Coordinator for Engagemedia Seelan Palay said that the Sabah edition of the Crossroads workshop series has been really good and the participants are very enthusiastic about making videos.

“We have started with teaching storytelling and storyboarding, next week the participants will be going out and shooting the visuals, which will be followed by a week of editing,” said Seelan.


Mining Data on Merauke’s Exploitation Project

By Selwyn Moran

To support their struggle to determine the future of their land, awasMIFEE is an initiative to research and report what is going on in Merauke. Originally the aim was to make information about MIFEE available in English (as previous studies had only been in Indonesian) and to research which corporate groups were behind each individual plantation. That became a report “An Agribusiness Attack in West Papua” and a website:

Since that was published, awasMIFEE follows the latest developments around MIFEE, bringing together news from NGOs, media and the Malind people themselves, posted in Indonesian and also translated into English. It is a voluntary project in solidarity with Papua indigenous people – and as an information resource the hope is that it will also facilitate wider solidarity from whoever else feels concerned for the fate of the Papuan people and their forests.

Another aim is to shine a spotlight on the plantation industry in Merauke: In remote areas such as rural West Papua it is all too easy for companies to act with impunity, taking advantage of indigenous people’s isolation and a non-transparent system of allocating plantation permits, but the more attention they get, the harder this is.

More and more stories are emerging of indigenous communities standing up to these big oil palm, sugar and industrial forestry plantations. These are inspiring stories from a dangerous land which has seen over 50 years
of conflict, but that is another reason to ensure that people from around Indonesia and internationally stay aware of what is happening in the area.

Elsewhere in West Papua, indigenous communities are also facing threats from plantations, mining companies, logging companies and so on, and are often even more isolated than in Merauke. AwasMIFEE has recently started translating occasional articles about local opposition to resource industries from other parts of West Papua.

Check out the website:


Papuan Voices is going to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival!

Papuan Voices is a video advocacy initiative with Papuan activists to more effectively tell their stories to the world. In 2011-12 EngageMedia and its partners the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and the Secretariat for Justice and Peace (SKPKC) in Jayapura and Merauke organised trainings with Papuan activists on video production and distribution skills.

Papuan Voices aims to bring the everyday stories of West Papuans to a wider audience.

Visit Ubud Writes and Readers Festival website to see the entire festival schedule. (Link: