(Bangkok, 11 April) – The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) today announced the names of 11 journalists from seven countries in the region selected to participate in its Annual Journalism Fellowships (SAF) for 2012.
The 11 participants from Cambodia (1), Burma (1), Indonesia (1), Philippines (3), Thailand (3), Timor Leste (1), and Vietnam (1) will be working on the common theme, “Documenting threats to the rivers of Southeast Asia: Looking through the journalists’ lens”.
SEAPA, a regional press freedom advocacy organization, organizes these annual fellowships for mid-career journalists to build stronger solidarity on cross-border and regional issues, within the framework its mission to promote freedom of expression in Southeast Asia.
The SAF 2012 is being conducted in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote increased awareness on environmental protection, particularly on the rivers in Southeast Asia and the lives that depend on them.
The 2012 fellows were selected by a panel of three independent judges, including Maria Hartiningsih of Kompas of Indonesia, Saranarat Oy Kanjanavanit of the Green Foundation in Thailand, and Zainon bin Ahmad of The Sun, Malaysia. Selection was made on the basis of the strength and viability of proposed stories by applicants.
The SAF is now on its 11th year, and has facilitated 91 journalists to work on a common topic in another Southeast Asian country.
The fellowship program will take place over a four-week period, beginning with an orientation on 19 June, and concluding with a de-briefing session on 19 July.
The following are the selected participants of the 2012 SEAPA Journalism Fellowship, and their respective topics: