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Hilary Chiew

Hilary Chiew is an environmental journalist attached to the feature desk of The Star newspaper in Malaysia. She began reporting on the environment since late 2001 with a special interest in biodiversity and has reported widely on issues ranging from wildlife management to trade and exploitation of flora and fauna. Her works earned her a Reuter’s Foundation scholarship in 2003 where she spent three months in Oxford University researching the proliferation of wildlife trade in the region and the role played by Malaysia as a transit point. She has since gained a huge interest in forestry issues – the politics of logging, marginalisation of forest-dependent indigenous people and the shift to ‘forest for climate’ debate in the global fight against climate change. She covered the inaugural G8 Illegal Logging Dialogue in 2007. She has been a reporter with the same newspaper for the last 16 years and has previously covered general and maritime news.

Journalism by Hilary Chiew

Forest rights row exposes cracks in UN climate plans


Landless farmers, in Indonesia and Malaysia, fear they will suffer if tropical countries get cash to save forests.