6 Southeast Asian fellows to report on PH media killings


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Journalists from Myanmar/Burma, Malaysia and Indonesia will fly to the Philippines under the SEAPA fellowship to write on impunity for media killings

‘STOP IMPUNITY.’ Filipino journalists release doves in Manila to symbolize press freedom in the face of the rash of killings of media personnel. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Below is an announcement from the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA):

SEAPA is pleased to announce the names of 6 journalists from Burma, Indonesia and Malaysia who were selected to join SEAPA’s 2014 Annual Journalism Fellowship Program. They will go to the Philippines in November to write stories on impunity for journalist killings.

The 6 fellows of 2014 are:

The fellows are expected to write stories on the problem of impunity for journalist killings in the Philippines, the third deadliest country for journalists in the world. As journalists coming from another country, they can provide fresh perspectives based on their experiences and comparisons with their respective country’s justice systems.

The 2014 fellowship programme will coincide with the first official International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which was passed by a United Nationals General Assembly resolution in December 2013. The program will end around the time of the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre, the most horrific incident of killing of journalists in history.

The fellowship program will begin with an Orientation in Bangkok from 28-31 October. Then, the fellows will depart for the Philippines for their two-week research work. Later, they will gather again at the Debriefing on 15-21 November in Manila to complete their stories under the guidance of three editors.

The home news media of the fellows are expected to publish their stories.

A three-member panel of judges conducted the selection of the 2014 fellows:

Carolyn O. Arguillas, editor-in-chief of MindaNews, a news cooperative run by journalists based in Mindanao island in the southern Philippines. She has been extensively covering the conflict and peace processes in Mindanao for the past 30 years.

Luis Teodoro, is the editor of Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)’s website and publications, including CMFR’s media-monitoring publication PJR Reports and the Philippine Journalism Review, which serves as a refereed journal for academics and senior journalists.

Endy M. Bayuni is a senior editor and Editor-in-chief at The Jakarta Post where writes regular columns about Indonesian politics, the evolving political cultures, Islam, democracy, foreign affairs, economic development, and the changing media landscape.

The six fellows represent the best story proposals from among 30 applicants including from Cambodia, Timor Leste, Thailand and Vietnam. A number of applicants were not able to complete the application requirements, including obtaining permission from their home media to join the fellowship if accepted.

The 2014 Fellowship Program is funded by Open Society Foundation (OSF). – Rappler.com


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