The reach and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the region’s different countries are uneven. All the same, from their immersion in communities – some in far-flung jungle or mountain areas, others in major cities – the people of the region have embraced new technologies even in remote villages, while even in more developed areas others continue to be deprived of basic facilities – even their right to correct information.
The 2004 Journalism Fellowship is geared towards highlighting the opportunities and challenges of new technologies and how these interact with the mainstream media, the political systems, people’s access to information and knowledge and the disparities in infrastructure and demographics that define the haves and the have nots.
The 2004 Fellows
Agus Sudibyo is a researcher who specialises in media and currently works for the Jakarta-based Institute for the Studies on the Free Flow of Information (ISAI), a non-profit organisation focusing on media research and journalism training. He joined ISAI’s Media Watch Program in end-1999 during which he did content analysis on sectarian conflicts in Ambon and Poso in eastern Indonesia as well as the armed rebellion in Aceh in northern Sumatra. He went to Malaysia for the Fellowship.
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Alecks Pabico is the online manager of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), responsible for the design and maintenance of the organisation’s website – www.pcij.org. He also maintains PCIJ’s information portal on Philippine politics and government – i-site.ph. Alecks is also a journalism trainor and writes investigative reports for newspapers and television. He travelled to Cambodia.
Aprilian Hermawan is a staff reporter of Bisnis Indonesia, a daily newspaper where he has been writing since 2000. Before that he wrote for Berita Buana, where he also covered business and finance, taxation and banking. The Seapa Fellowship has given him the opportunity to write on a subject outside of macro-economics. He travelled to Thailand and briefly to Vietnam.
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Do Ngan Phuong is a reporter for Quoc Te (International Affairs Review), a Hanoi-based newspaper specialising in world affairs and foreign policy. She has travelled around southeast Asia to cover ministerial meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. She went to Indonesia for the Seapa Fellowship.
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Grace Cantal-Albasin writes for Freeman Mindanao, a local daily in the southern Philippines, where she also strings for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country’s biggest newspaper. She chairs the National Union of Journalists in Cagayan de Oro city in the south, and is a member of the Mindanao Institute of Jourmalism. Grace travelled to southern Thailand for the Fellowship.
Khin Maung Soe is a Rangoon-based journalist who writes regularly for Ahtway Ahmyin Magazine, Zabephyu and Style Thit, all published in Burma. He began his writing career in 1988 at the height of the uprising, but this was interrupted when he was charged and imprisoned in the early 1990s for engaging in an “anti-government” activity. He resumed writing in 1997 shortly after was released. For the Seapa Fellowship, Soe travelled to the Philippines.
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Kingkan Triyong is an IT and telecommunications reporter for Krungthep Thurakij, a Thai-language business newspaper belonging to the Nation Multimedia Group. She has attended various symposia on ICT and E-commerce in Asia and Europe. She travelled to the Philippines for the Fellowship.
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Kyaw Zwa Moe is a staff writer of the Irrawaddy, an independent magazine covering Burma and Southeast Asia, published in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai. Like most exiled Burmese, he spent years in prison before he left his country in December 2000. For the Fellowship, Kyaw Zwa travelled to Cambodia.
Piyapong Phongbhai is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for Chip Magazine, a Bangkok-based publication about computers, the Internet and anything related to ICT. Piyapong is also the manager of the (Thai) ICT Reporters’ Club. He travelled to a remote but interesting town in Borneo in Malaysia for the Fellowship.
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