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Southeast Asia IFJ Journalism For Tolerance Prize

Southeast Asia IFJ Journalism For Tolerance Prize

MANILA (IFJ/Pacific Media Watch): The winners of the IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize for Southeast Asia were announced today in an awards ceremony at the Westin Philippines Plaza in Manila, Philippines.

The IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize, an annual competition among journalists from all sectors of the media, is run by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the global organisation of journalists.

The ceremony was hosted by the IFJ¹s affiliate in the Philippines, the National Union of Journalists (NUJP).

The prize, supported by the European Commission, is awarded in five regions around the world: Latin America, Central and Western Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. Each region will have a total pool of 3,000 Euros to award to the winners.

The winners of the Southeast Asia prize were chosen from 128 entries and 6 finalists by a jury composed of senior journalists and media experts in Southeast Asia.

The 2004 winners of are:


Nezar Patria (Indonesia), "May 1998, The Razing of Jakarta", Tempo Magazine, 26 May 2003

Jury comments: "An excellent piece of investigative journalism. It also emphasises the discrimination factor. ³May 1998, The Razing of Jakarta² has originality and depicts the comprehensive story of the Jakarta riots. Even though the riots happened five years ago, there still remains questions for Indonesians about who was behind the riots and who has to take responsibility for them. These questions need to be answered as the public is demanding justice to bring the guilty to the court process.²


Ayu Purwaningsih (Indonesia) ³Indonesian Migrant Workers, the Neglected Foreign Exchange Heroes², 68 H Radio, 18-26 December 2003

Jury comments: ³A powerful presentation of a migrant workers¹ issue which actually is not limited to Indonesia. Dramatised well and forceful depiction of the problems of the victims. The problem was addressed and the shortcomings are highlighted.²



Jose Torres Jr. (Philippines) ³Troubled Return of The Faithful², ABS-CBN INTERACTIVE, Apr-June, 2003

Jury comments: ³This kind of article is needed to promote more understanding among the people of different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The powerful message behind the story is that the clear and fair information corrects the wrong notion and stereotyping. It has a strong impact on society.²

Karaniya Dharamasaputra (Indonesia), ³A Lie Snatched Away², Tempo Magazine, 26 May 2003

Jury comments:³An impressive article on the rape of women during the Jakarta riots. It has the victims talking about the pain and suffering which does not seem to be over for them. The acts of rape as a form of systematic terror has been portrayed well and brings about a shocking revelation to the readers.²


Masrur Jamaluddin (Indonesia) ³For A Piece of Paper², Metro TV, 28 December 2003

Jury comments: ³The TV program covers one important social and political aspects of the Chinese minority group: citizenship. It shows genuine and straightforward characters. The comment of the authorities was sought and showed no clear guidelines to solve the problem².

Helmayanti (Indonesia) ³A Bitter Life of the Tionghoa Ethnic², 68 H Radio, 8-14 December 2003

Jury comments: ³An emotional issue portrayed well to radio listeners. It tells us the lives of the minority and highlights the problems they face. In terms of the subject, treatment, relevance and context, this is well within the spirit of the Tolerance Prize.²

For more information contact:

AKUAT SUPRYANTO IFJ South East Asia Co-ordinator




PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media based in Sydney, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG), the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ), Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and Community Communications Online (c2o).

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