The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) has announced its journalism Fellows for 2011.
The SEAPA Fellowship, a yearly event, will have as its theme for 2011, “Gearing up for a Community: How Free is the Flow of Information in ASEAN?”. Fellows will cover a topic in a second Southeast Asian country for three weeks. The orientation will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from June 21 to 23.
This year’s Fellows are: Amalia Husnul A’Rofiati (“Tribun Kaltim”) and Yohanna Yuliatri Purba (KBR68H) from Indonesia; Priscilla Aneesa (“Free Malaysia Today”) and John Teo (Merdeka Review.com) from Malaysia: Aquiles Zonio (“Philippine Daily Inquirer”) and Froilan Gallardo (Mindanews) from the Philippines; Julio da Silva Purba (Center for Investigative Journalism of Timor Leste) from Timor Leste; Nguyen Dinh Chinh (VnExpress Online News) from Vietnam; May Titthara (“Phnom Penh Post”) from Cambodia; and Nares Laopannarai (“Krungthep Turakij”) and
Watchana Phromobol (“Kom Chad Luek”) from Thailand.
Their topics include border conflicts in the region, free expression online, human trafficking and press freedom in restricted countries.
The three-day orientation in Jakarta will include seminar topics like a primer on ASEAN, the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and border conflict resolution. Resource persons will include Indonesian Commissioner of AICHR Rafendi Djamin and SEAPA chairman and veteran journalist Kavi Chongkittavorn.
To date, almost a hundred journalists from the region have participated in SEAPA’s program, which began in 2002. Articles written by the fellows are published in their news outlets and on SEAPA’s website. SEAPA has also published a compilation of the fellows’ works.
SEAPA (http://www.seapabkk.org/) is the only regional organization with the specific mandate of promoting and protecting press freedom in Southeast Asia. It is composed of the Jakarta-based Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Institute for Studies on the Free Flow of Information (ISAI); the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom andResponsibility (CMFR) and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ); the Bangkok-based Thai Journalists Association (TJA); and the network’s Kuala Lumpur-based associate member, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ).
SEAPA also has partners in Cambodia, East Timor, and exiled Burmese media, and undertakes projects and programs for press freedom throughout the region.
For inquiries, please contact us at: seapa (at) seapa (dot) org, or call +662 243 5579.