Step Vaessen

Step Vaessen, based in Jakarta, has been reporting on Asia for more than 15 years. Starting off as a correspondent for Dutch National Television in Southeast Asia she covered the independence struggle and violence in East Timor and Aceh, religious and ethnic conflicts in the Moluccans and Kalimantan and the bloody transition from authoritarian regime to democracy in Indonesia. She covered numerous disasters like the tsunami in 2004 and earthquakes in Indonesia and Pakistan. As an experienced video-journalist she travelled intensively in the region, covering Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and China.

In 2006 she joined Al Jazeera as Indonesia’s correspondent. Her career in broadcast journalism has spanned almost two decades. In 2005, she won an Academy Award for her reports on the Asian tsunami. In 2011 she published her first book, "Jihad with sambal".

Asia Pacific

Afghan asylum seekers forced to live on Jakarta's streets

Asylum seekers from Afghanistan are being forced to live on the streets of the Indonesian capital, because of a lack of humanitarian aid.


Dutch society divided on assisted suicide law

A law is proposed in the Netherlands to make it easier for elderly people to kill themselves.


Dutch earthquakes: Oil giants facing more legal action

Oil giants Shell and Exxon Mobil are facing a new legal battle with residents of a province in the Netherlands.


Indonesia government launches road safety campaign before Eid

The Indonesian government has launched a new campaign to make sure people get home safely for the Muslim holiday of Eid. More than 30 million Indonesians are travelling to spend time with their families, and for many, it is a dangerous journey.

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Philippines launches campaign to free one million child workers

Government figures show that nearly three million children in the Philippines are working in dangerous jobs.

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Jakarta bombing attacks ‘linked to ISIL’

Indonesian authorities have linked twin bombings that killed three police officers in Jakarta to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

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Indonesia plans measures to protect peat reserve

Global environmental experts are gathering in Jakarta to discuss ways to improve the world's peat reserves. Indonesia has the world’s largest peat reserve, and preserving it is crucial in combatting climate change.

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Indonesia to disband hardline group Hizbut Tahrir

Indonesia has announced that it will ban the group Hizbut Tahrir. It says the organisation's ideology calling for an Islamic state is against the constitution.

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World Press Freedom Day 2017: UNESCO calls for better protection of press

The UN says attacks on journalists are increasing - with one journalist killed on average every four days. Al Jazeera and other media organisations are calling for better protection of journalists.

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Indonesian film honours women's rights activist

Raden Adjeng Kartini, an activist who fought for women's rights in Indonesia more than 100 years ago, is being honoured in a new film. Kartini started to fight for women's education at a time when it was rare for Indonesian girls to go to school.

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Indonesia's purple squad rescues abandoned elders

A growing number of elderly people suffering from Alzheimer's disease are being found abandoned in Indonesia.


Indonesia set to expand tobacco production despite health costs

Over the past 25 years, there's been no significant reduction in the number of smokers in Indonesia - nearly 75 percent of men still light up. In fact, the government is planning to produce more tobacco.