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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Jul 19 2018

India's tribal ministry slams proposal to 'privatize' forests

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a rare rebuke of another government agency, India's Tribal Affairs Ministry has sent a letter to the forest ministry warning that its proposed policy would lead to the "privatization" of forests and undermine indigenous rights.

Jul 16 2018

Indigenous Malaysians fight new land law with maps of burial grounds

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indigenous people in Malaysia are drawing up detailed maps using drones and testimony from village elders to fight a new law they say denies them customary rights to their land, amid rising demand for territory for commercial plantations.

Jul 13 2018

Forced to walk miles, India water crisis hits rural women hardest

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in villages who have to walk miles each day to fetch water are bearing the brunt of India's worst water crisis in history, with activists warning of serious impacts on their health and well-being.

Jul 11 2018

Thai cave rescue draws attention to country's 'stateless' children

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded Thai cave, which gripped the country and the world, has also drawn attention to the plight of "stateless" children in the country.

Jul 11 2018

Thai court dismisses charges against Myanmar workers in landmark case

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A court in Bangkok on Wednesday dismissed criminal defamation charges against workers from Myanmar who had accused a chicken farm of abuses, in a landmark ruling seen as a rare victory for migrant workers' rights in Thailand.

Jul 09 2018

Thousands of low-cost homes empty in India despite urban shortage

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of low-cost homes are lying empty across India even as officials race to meet a deadline to provide housing for everyone by 2022, which analysts say highlights critical shortcomings in government policy.

Jul 06 2018

India's indigenous people assert right to land with burial ritual

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indigenous people in the central Indian state of Jharkhand are using a burial ritual to assert their claim over land and to protest amendments to a key law that makes it easier for officials to acquire land for industrial projects.

Jun 29 2018

From shorts to scrubs, Bangkok exhibition spotlights victim blaming

BANGKOK, June 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From a two-year-old's sequined t-shirt to hospital scrubs, an exhibition in Bangkok of clothes worn by girls and women when they were sexually assaulted seeks to shine a light on the victim blaming that often accompanies such cases in Thailand.

Jun 28 2018

Thai campaigners urge change to forest law after indigenous verdict

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaigners are calling on Thai authorities to amend a law they say violates the rights of indigenous people, after the country's top court ruled that a group of Karen evicted from a national park had no legal right over the land.

Jun 27 2018

Fears for 'stateless' Myanmar workers in Thailand as deadline looms

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Muslim migrant workers from Myanmar risk being fined and deported from Thailand after June 30, under a new law that campaigners say may increase abuse and trafficking.


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