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 says 'foreign meddling' to blame for protests

Moscow says it will investigate alleged interference for inspiring anti-Putin demonstrations over upcoming local elections.

Russia says 'foreign meddling' to blame for protests

Asia

Wrestling for change: Fighting a way of life in Dagestan

How wrestling is changing lives in a turbulent part of Russia.

Wrestling for change: Fighting a way of life in Dagestan

Asia Pacific

Aral Sea: Uzbekistan and UN to attempt revival of dried-up lake

The disappearance of the Aral Sea in Central Asia has been called one of the world's largest man-made environmental disasters.

Aral Sea: Uzbekistan and UN to attempt revival of dried-up lake

Asia

Uncertain future for Uzbekistan’s avant-garde museum

Concerns held for future of unique museum with tens of thousands of Soviet-era paintings.

Uncertain future for Uzbekistan’s avant-garde museum

Europe

HRW warns Russia press freedom deteriorating after arrests

Human Rights Watch warns Russia's press freedom is deteriorating, and journalists are at risk.

HRW warns Russia press freedom deteriorating after arrests

Europe

Putin says US sanctions on Huawei intended to weaken China

Many Russians are less interested in war rhetoric and international issues, and are much more focused on making ends meet.

Putin says US sanctions on Huawei intended to weaken China

Asia

Uzbekistan reforms: Activists demand more changes

Most Uzbeks back president Mirziyoyev's reform process but they complain about difficulties such as finding jobs.

Uzbekistan reforms: Activists demand more changes

Europe

China-Russia relations: Leaders visiting economic forum

During his three-day state visit to Russia, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended an economic forum in St Petersburg. The two allies discussed the topics of Venezuela, Syria and North Korea.

China-Russia relations: Leaders visiting economic forum

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