As most of you are probably aware, I’m a videojournalist for VJ Movement, a Dutch-based videojournalism news agency. I like being a part of it since it is very democratic in nature in the sense that all story ideas are voted for by the public and also by an editorial team before it is approved and given funding to be made. So far, I’ve pitched one idea and was given the opportunity to produce it last year. It is entitled “WHAT’S IN A NAME? ‘ALLAH’ STIRS CONTROVERSY IN MALAYSIA”.
Well, I’ve just made another pitch entitled “I’M GAY AND I’M OKAY”. Basically, my pitch is: “Recently, a Malay-Muslim man declared being gay & okay in a video campaign called ‘I’m Gay & I’m Okay’. He was attacked in the Malaysian media & people have even called for the religious authorities to take action. Gay life in Malaysia is complex with conflicts between religion & modern progression. There is an unspoken policy of don’t ask don’t tell, until the said incident. I will follow a gay couple and observe their daily lives. I will also talk to activists, religious leaders, government reps & the public. The objective of the story is to gain insight from the perspective of gay Muslims.”.
If you guys think this is a story worth telling, I would appreciate it much if you all could go to the site and vote for it. [Click here to vote]
Thanks and Kong Hei Fatt Choy!!