Global Climate Journalism Insights: Southeast Asia report

2023-12-05. The inaugural Global Climate Journalism Insights: Southeast Asia report, authored by global journalism initiative climateXchange (cXc), tells of a journalism landscape fraught with resource challenges, fear of reprisal and audience apathy. 

by Vincent Peyrègne | December 4, 2023

These insights come amidst the urgent need for local engagement on climate change, information about its causes, and its impacts, many of which are being felt acutely across the region. The World Bank reported earlier this year that 13 of the 30 countries most susceptible to the effects of climate change lie within East Asia and the Pacific. Impacts include flooding, tropical storms, heatwaves and ocean acidification, and are predicted to lead to 7.5 million people falling into climate-related poverty by 2030.  

Intelligence was gathered from journalists attending a thought leadership workshop organised with the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the cXc hub partner in Southeast Asia at the Digital Media Asia 2023 event on 19-20 October 2023. Views from newsrooms across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are represented in the publication compiled by cXc Impact Manager Dr Carmen Nicoara. 


ClimateXchange is the lead initiative of new CIC non-profit Syli, founded in London by Tom Trewinnard and Fergus Bell. Syli supports mission-driven journalism in service of informed audiences around the world by fostering new and forward-looking concepts, identifying sustainable financial models for journalism, and creating a healthier, more sustainable media ecosystem. ClimateXchange has gained philanthropic support from the IKEA Foundation and the KR Foundation.  More information can be found here.

Vincent Peyrègne

Vincent Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, he was Head of Development at Edipresse in Switzerland (now Tamedia) with responsibility for audience insights, editorial marketing research and product development, before joining the office of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.