Fellows observe Indonesian elections

SEAPA supported five Fellowship alumni to observe the 2014 Indonesian legislative elections. Five persons–two from the Philippines, one from Burma, and two from Thailand–went to Jakarta between 4 April and 12 April.

Besides observing activities during polling day on 9 April, and interviewing Indonesians from various backgrounds, they also visited and discussed with editors some mainstream media such as Tempo Daily, Kompas Daily, Bisnis Indonesia Daily, as well as ANTV and discussed with editors.

Among the editors they met were two fellowship alumni, namely, Mr Aprilian Hermawan of Bisnis Indonesia Daily and Ms Maria Rita Hasugian of Tempo Daily.

Participants also  visited SEAPA members Institute for Free Flow of Information (ISAI), and the Jakarta branch of Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), as well as the School for Broadcast Media (SBM), and other communities working on election monitoring.

In general, the program not only facilitated observation of the Indonesian election, but it also provided opportunity for the fellowship alumni to interact with other alumni in the country, and even strengthened the network.

In addition, their election observation in the neighboring country is not merely journalistic activity,  SEAPA fellows were able to independently share lessons they learnt during the election. The stories they wrote might help people in their own country to reflect on democratic exercises such as elections.

Read the articles from the trip:

By Anucha Charoenpo

Website helps educate young Indonesians about politics [This article was also published in the Bangkok Post]

Indonesians hope for their better future in next five years [This article was also published in the Bangkok Post as “The voters speak“]

By Germelina Lacorte

Stewed Pieces of Slippers and Shards of Broken Glass [This article also appears on Germelina’s blog]

By Ryan D. Rosauro

Indons choose parliament reps; youth vote key for winning seats [This article also appears on Mindanews and on the PCIJ  Blog]

By Saw Yan Naing

Indonesian Vote Colored by Corruption Fatigue and a Fresh Face [This article was also published in The Irrawaddy]

Smartphone-Wielding Indonesians Tasked With Ensuring Fair Elections [This article was also published in The Irrawaddy]

In Democratizing, Can Naypyidaw Follow Jakarta’s Lead? [This article was also published in The Irrawaddy]

By Tatikarn Dechapong

จับตาเลือกตั้งอินโดนีเซีย [This article was also published in Thai Rath]

 About the alumni who joined the program

Anucha Charoenpo (Mr), 40, is currently working for the Bangkok Post newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand, as aAssistant News Editor of its generals news section. Before being promoted to take up the position, he was assigned as a reporter to cover a wide range of daily news stories between 1995 and 2010, including crime and security, social issues, international affairs, and politics and governance. Anucha was a vice president for international affairs between 2011 and 2013 of the Thai Journalists Association (TJA), a media organization protecting the rights of the Thaijournalists,. Anucha graduated with two Master Degrees in Educational Technology from Kasetsart University in Bangkok in 2002 and Translation in Education and Business from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2009 respectively, after getting his Bachelor Degree in Teaching English from Prince of Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand in 1995. Anucha is now a PhD candidate in Human and Community Resource Development at Kasetsart University of Kampaeng Saen campus in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. He expects to graduate in next academic year.

Germelina Lacorte (Ms) has been working as a Mindanao correspondent for the Philippine Daily Inquirer since 2004. In the previous semester (SY 2013-2014), she also worked as a part time faculty of the Ateneo de Davao University College of Mass Communications. Before this, she used to work as associate editor for Davao Today, an Mindanao-based online magazine (2006 to 2010); while contributing stories to a number of books and magazines in the Philippines; including the book, Bittersweet Stories of Farmworkers in the Philippines, edited by Vera Files and published in the Philippines in 2011. Before this, she also had brief stints in copy editing jobs in local newspapers in Cebu and Davao, where she started out as a business reporter for the Cebu and Davao-based publications, including Sunstar Cebu, Sunstar Davao and others. In the summer of 2006, the Bangkok-based Southeast Asean Press Alliance (Seapa) accepted her as a journalist-fellow, where she did a story on the fast changing religious beliefs of the Ibans of Sarawakin Malaysia. Two years later, she got a fellowship from the Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at the Ateneo de Davao University to pursue the Masters in Journalism Programme, which she finished in 2010. Aside from journalism, her interests include Creative Writing (both nonfiction and fiction); History, Literature and Literary Criticism and Photography.

Ryan D. Rosauro (Mr) is a journalist based in Mindanao in the southern part of the Philippines. For the past 14 years, he has been covering the region’s conflict-affected areas, doing in-depth reports on the subjects of rural development, local governance, the Moro and communist insurgencies, elections, energy, and natural resource use. Ryan’s professional involvement includes being a member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP). For two terms now since 2011, he serves in the NUJP national directorate. Ryan holds a degree in Accountancy and is currently completing a master’s in Conflict and Reconciliation Studies. Apart from journalism, he was also involved in several development initiatives in Mindanao. He was fellow of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) in 2010.

Saw Yan Naing (Mr), an ethnic Karen Journalist from Myanmar, is currently working as senior reporter at Thailand and Myanmar-based The Irrawaddy Magazine. He has been writing news, features, in-depth articles, and news analysis for The Irrawaddy’s monthly magazine since he joined the agency in 2007. He focuses his reports on issues of human rights, press freedom, democracy, violence, and ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Saw Yan Naing also contributes to the Bangkok Post, Asia Times Online, Aljazeera, as well as an Australia Academic website New Mandala. He is an alumni of Internews, as well as a participant of SEAPA’s Annual fellowship in 2010. This year, 2014, he was accepted as a a fellow of East-West Center 2014 Jefferson Fellowship.

Tatikarn Dechapong (Ms) has been working for Thai Rath daily newspaper, based in Bangkok, Thailand, since 2008. Her area of work includes reporting on world news and foreign policy. Recently, she has served as the director of foreign affairs at the Thai Journalists Association (TJA), as well as the committee of the ASEAN Journalists Club in Thailand. She is interested in conflict reporting and peace journalism. She joined SEAPA fellowship program to cover ASEAN related issues in 2010.