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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.

Asia Pacific

Jakarta's air quality a major concern ahead of Asian Games

Jakarta has undergone a big tidy up ahead of the event, but air pollution is still a big problem.

Jakarta's air quality a major concern ahead of Asian Games

Asia Pacific

Indonesia's Lombok quake: Hundreds of trapped hikers rescued

More than 500 hikers are evacuated from Mount Rinjani on Lombok island after being stranded by a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

Indonesia's Lombok quake: Hundreds of trapped hikers rescued

Indonesia

Indonesia's Lombok earthquake: Hundreds trapped on mountain

Group including 239 Thais struggling to evacuate mountain before landslides blocked them since Sunday's deadly disaster.

Indonesia's Lombok earthquake: Hundreds trapped on mountain

Thailand

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Four members of the football team rescued in Thailand are among 700,000 stateless people who lack basic rights in country.

Thailand: Stateless crisis highlighted after cave rescue mission

Press Freedom

Journalist tried for reporting on Rohingya deaths testifies

Reuters journalist Wa Lone, arrested with colleague Kyaw Soe Oo, denies breaking any laws in court.

Journalist tried for reporting on Rohingya deaths testifies

Myanmar

Reuters journalists investigating Rohingya deaths to face trial

The charges and trial of the journalists are seen as a test for press freedom in Myanmar.

Reuters journalists investigating Rohingya deaths to face trial

Asia Pacific

Indonesia bans video app Tik Tok over 'negative content'

Tik Tok has announced it will set up a team of 200 censors in Indonesia to monitor uploaded content.

Indonesia bans video app Tik Tok over 'negative content'

Indonesia

Indonesia army accused of unlawful killings in Papua

Amnesty International report alleges nearly 100 people have been unlawfully killed by the army in the past eight years.

Indonesia army accused of unlawful killings in Papua

Indonesia

Indonesia election season kicks off with crucial local polls

More than 150 million Indonesians will head to the polls on June 27 to elect 17 governors, 39 mayors and 115 regents.

Indonesia election season kicks off with crucial local polls

Asia Pacific

Indonesia: twenty years of reform haven't improved people's lives

A survey released on Sunday shows that two decades on, many Indonesians choose the former strongman as the country's best ever president, pointing to the stability and security he brought.

Indonesia: twenty years of reform haven't improved people's lives

Asia Pacific

Soeharto family comeback to politics

A familiar name is attempting a political comeback in Indonesia.

Soeharto family comeback to politics

Indonesia

What is behind the Surabaya attacks in Indonesia?

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What is behind the Surabaya attacks in Indonesia?