(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:
Argentina Cardoso (Timor Leste) on the impact of the Lapindo mudflow on communities along the Porong river in East Java, Indonesia.
Belinda M. Otordoz (Philippines ) on the Mekong river communities in Thailand.
Ghep Navin (Cambodia) on the impact of hydroelectric power development in Laos on the communities in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Joseph C. Pangket (Philippines) on the lives of communities in the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia.
Khin Su Wai (Burma) on environmental awareness activities of Mekong river communities in northern Thailand.
Kritsada Suppa Wanthanakun (Thailand) on the impact of Thailand’s PTT energy company on the rivers in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Piyaporn Wongruang (Thailand) on the impact of the Xayaboury dam in Laos on the Mekong river.
Prakaidao Baengsuntia (Thailand) on the impact of the Ayeyarwaddy-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategies (ACMES) on river communities in Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
Raydes B. Barcia (Philippines) on the impact of economic development and environmental degradation on communities in the Mekong river delta in Vietnam.
Tran Thuy Binh (Vietnam) on the Vietnamese communities in Tonle Sap in Cambodia.
Filia Sambuaga (Indonesia) on the impact of economic development on the river and coastal areas in Singapore.