Step Vaessen

Step Vaessen

Based in Jakarta, Step Vaessen has been reporting on Asia for more than 20 years and is one of the most senior international journalists covering the region.

After working in Southeast Asia for NOS-TV from the Netherlands she joined Al Jazeera in 2006. She witnessed first hand most of the major news events in Asia: the fall of president Soeharto in 1998, the violent aftermath of the referendum for independence in East Timor, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, the protests against Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama and major natural disasters in Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and numerous religious and ethnic conflicts. She covered stories in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Japan and South Korea.

She made several documentaries for 101 East: Indonesia's killing fields about anti-communist massacres in 1965, Indonesia's Rock governor about the rise of president Joko Widodo and a film for the Correspondent series: Trail of Murder, Indonesia's bloody retreat from East Timor, which was nominated Best Documentary at the Asian TV awards in Singapore. For Talk to Al Jazeera she did several interviews with Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo and Jakarta's governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama.

She published a book, Jihad with Sambal, and won an Academy Award in 2005 for her reports on the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Europe

Russia's cathedral construction put on hold after protests

Some protesters say construction will destroy increasingly rare urban green areas, so they prefer a park instead.

Russia's cathedral construction put on hold after protests

Europe

Scientists discover new source of antibiotics in ancient lake

Russian scientists discovered creatures in Lake Baikal that may be crucial to the discovery of new antibiotics.

Scientists discover new source of antibiotics in ancient lake

Europe

How Chechnya is helping rehabilitate former ISIL members

What to do with the former ISIL fighters and their families? Chechnya seems to have found a way.

How Chechnya is helping rehabilitate former ISIL members

Europe

Chechnya: Human rights defender Oyub Titiev gets 4-year jail term

Relatives and activists criticise the sentencing of the human rights activist who exposed extrajudicial killings, kidnappings and torture by Chechnya's government.

Chechnya: Human rights defender Oyub Titiev gets 4-year jail term

Europe

Russia's internet control bill triggers protests

Protesters in Moscow rally against a proposed law they say will threaten internet freedom.

Russia's internet control bill triggers protests

Europe

Russian court rejects appeal of Baring Vostok's Calvey

Calvey is accused of fraud worth more than $37m, but says he is the victim of a corporate dispute with his Russian shareholders.

Russian court rejects appeal of Baring Vostok's Calvey

Indonesia

Indonesia stays alert as lava, gas flow out of Anak Krakatoa

Why Indonesia's Anak Krakatoa volcano still poses a threat to coastal communities.

Indonesia stays alert as lava, gas flow out of Anak Krakatoa

Asia Pacific

Indonesia: Calls to include disaster education at schools

Among 6,000 schools in Jakarta, only 165 have been taught how to respond in case of an emergency.

Indonesia: Calls to include disaster education at schools

Asia Pacific

Indonesia's danger zone: Construction starts over buried bodies

Despite government's instructions not to build in affected areas, construction started, and the tragedy may repeat.

Indonesia's danger zone: Construction starts over buried bodies

Asia Pacific

Indonesia: Palu struggles to rebuild three months after tsunami

People say a lack of coordination is hampering distribution of aid and relocation has been slow.

Indonesia: Palu struggles to rebuild three months after tsunami

Europe

Protests force government to transport rubbish out of Moscow

Activists say the government is legally obliged to develop clean waste management.

Protests force government to transport rubbish out of Moscow

Europe

3D printer to be sent to space for human organ trials

Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions was the first to successfully transplant a printed thyroid gland into a mouse.

3D printer to be sent to space for human organ trials