Eleven journalists from Southeast Asia were recently chosen as Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) Fellows for 2011.
The SEAPA Fellowship, a yearly event, has the following 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.
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 several compilation of the fellows’ works.