Alfian Hamzah is an Indonesian freelance journalist. He ventured into Mindanao, Philippines, trying to entangle police’s surreptitious investigations that implicated an Indonesian Mujahideen in the bombings of Churches in Mindanao and McDonald’s outlet in Makassar last year.
Bhanravee Tansubhapol reports for the Bangkok Post on regional issues including diplomacy. She tabbed an opportunity offered by 2003 SEAPA Fellowship Program to follow up on Thai-Cambodian Relation in the aftermath of January’s Torching of Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh.
Jofelle P. Tesorio is a environment reporter working for Bandillo ng Palawan daily. She was long interested in the social and environmental impact of the palm oil industry in Indonesia. This fellowship program granted her chance to investigate the issues and discover much more. “ I met helpful sources and connection,” she said.
Mic Mic Villaflor is a senior report of Mindanao Times. She ventured to Cambodia, her first foreign country to visit. Despite many difficulties, not all unexpected, she witnessed the secluded lives of remaining members of Khmer Rouge clique, most of whom refused to talk to foreign journalists.
Moch Faried Cahyono is writing for Forum Keadilan, an Indonesia’s political and social magazine. He discovered he was not writing for SEAPA on the plights of Indonesian migrants in Malaysia but for his own book. His story is very informative.
Yee Siong Tong is political reporter of Malaysiakini.com. The Malaysian reporter visited Aceh in mid June, a month after Indonesia Army imposed martial law on the province to suppress the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). He attempted to analyze the army’s motivation beyond the suppression.