Kirsten Han, Journalist & Writer

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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 a range of social justice and human rights issues around the world.

I began freelancing, mostly in print/online journalism, in 2012, the same year I embarked upon my Masters degree in Journalism, Media and Communication at Cardiff University. Although largely focusing on my hometown of Singapore, I’ve also covered stories from countries like Greece, Scotland and Malaysia.

I’ve covered general news stories and also written a little about business, entrepreneurship and start-ups, among others, but tend to gravitate towards the themes of social justice, civil movements, human rights and democracy. My work in Singapore has often revolved around important issues such as the treatment of migrant workers, the expression of sexual orientation and gender identity, gender equality and free speech.

Outside of work, I’m a founding member of We Believe in Second Chances, a group advocating for the abolishment of the death penalty. As part of the campaign, I tell the stories of death row inmates and their families, and also volunteer my time as a case worker to work with the families of inmates.

In 2016 I was named the Advocate of the Year at the Singapore Advocacy Awards, both for my work as a journalist in Singapore as well as my role in the anti-death penalty campaign.

You can check out my portfolio to see more examples of my work, support my writing on Byline, or drop by my Facebook page to get in touch.