Theme: Gearing up for a community in 2015 – How free is the flow of information in ASEAN?
For 2011, the Journalism Fellowship attempts to take a closer and analytical look at ASEAN’s plans for integration, in particular policies and regulations aimed at facilitating the free flow of information. To date, only two countries in the region – Thailand and Indonesia – have laws on access to information at the national level, but the media and the public have yet to fully benefit from these laws. ASEAN is working towards becoming a community of close to 600 million people starting in 2015. The governments in the region are committed to establishing a rules-based community that is people-oriented and to building a common economic market. But what about the flow of information? The Fellowship encourages journalists to investigate the extent to which information is accessible to the public and to what extent governments are serious in wanting to promote freedom of information.
The 2011 Fellows
Nares Laopannarai is a Thai reporter of Krungthep Turakij (Bangkok Business) Newspaper Business desk (Finance and Investment) with the 8-year reporting experience in economic news. He has a special interest in New Media and business movement on AEC trend. He got a Bachelor Degree on Social Administration and Master Degree on Mass Communication Administration from Thammasat University.
Julio da Silva Guterres is from Timor Leste and the Director of Centru Jornalista Investigativu Timor Leste – CJITL. He worked as a radio and investigative reporter for 10 years. He received “a laureate of Timor Leste Investigative Award” in 2005.During 2010 and 2011, he got chances to join three International Fellowship programs – SALZBURG Fellowship in Austria, SEAPA Journalism Fellowship, Edward Murrow Fellowship in United States of America. And, he was the 2011 States Alumni (International Visitor Leadership Program – IVLP alumni to United States of America). He was also a former Vice Director of Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu is an Anti-Corruption NGO in Timor Leste and National project assistant to UNDP’s Media project. He finished his International Relations Degree from University of Peace – UNPAZ, Timor Leste.
Froilan Gallardo has been covering Mindanao island in Southern Philippine since 1988. He has covered the wars between the Philippine government, the Moro rebels and the communist guerillas. Gallardo is the photo editor of www.mindanews.com, a daily news website ran by a cooperative of journalists based in Mindanao, Philippines.In 2006, Konrad Adeneur Foundation, the World Press Photo and Ateneo de Manila University awarded Gallardo a scholarship for the Diploma in Photojournalism. Gallardo was also a 2010 fellow of the Asian Journalism Fellowship of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Yohanna Purba, an Indonesian, is a radio reporter at KBR68H since 2010. She covered wide-range of issues including social, political and other human interest topics. Before working with KBR68H, she was a reporter of Seputar Indonesia daily and Astaga.com. She received her Bachelor degree in journalism, from IISIP, Jakarta in 2007.
Aquiles Z. Zonio is currently one of the Mindanao-based correspondents of the Philippine Daily Inquirer covering the South Cotabato-Sarangani-General Santos City (Socsargen) area. He started his journalism career in 1986 when he was still in college. He served as a reporter of Radio station dxCP, a Catholic-run broadcast entity in General Santos City, from 1986 to 1994. He became an accredited member of the Kapisanan ng Mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) or the Association of Broadcasters in the Philippines in 1988. From 1994 to 1995, he was a reporter, at the same time, columnist and later editor in chief of a community newspaper in General Santos City before joining the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 1996. He was sued for libel by a congressman for exposing anomalies in the disbursement of pork barrel funds. After 14 years, he was acquitted. He was a survivor of several death threats, including the gruesome Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao Province, island of Mindanao on Nov. 23,2009, where 58 people, 32 of them journalists, were killed.
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