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.

Human Rights

Detained Afghan refugees cry for help in Indonesia's Balikpapan

More than 150 refugees from Afghanistan have been locked up in a detention centre in Indonesia.

Detained Afghan refugees cry for help in Indonesia's Balikpapan

Indonesia

Jakarta enforces odd-even traffic policy to counter jams

Officials aim to cut traffic coming into the city by 25 percent by the move.

Jakarta enforces odd-even traffic policy to counter jams

Asia Pacific

Indonesia's ticking environmental time bomb

Landslides have become Indonesia’s most common natural disaster, killing more people in a year than earthquakes, floods or tsunamis. Every rain shower could cause another disaster, destroying lives, property and livelihoods.

Indonesia's ticking environmental time bomb

Human Rights

Indonesia's overcrowded refugee detention centres

Many refugees are left homeless in Indonesia because the detention centres are full. Some are so desperate, they are asking to be put in prison.

Indonesia's overcrowded refugee detention centres

Asia Pacific

Papua: Neglect threatens remote Indonesian tribes

Hunger, disease, uncleared rubbish and the destruction of local traditions are threatening to destroy the Asmat people on Papua.

Papua: Neglect threatens remote Indonesian tribes

Asia Pacific

The hollow eyes of hunger in Indonesia's Papua

A measles outbreak and malnutrition is killing scores of children in the Indonesia's remote region.

The hollow eyes of hunger in Indonesia's Papua

Asia Pacific

Indonesia: Measles outbreak kills scores of children in Papua

At least 69 children dead in Indonesia's Papua province with fears the death toll could go up amid lack of medical aid.

Indonesia: Measles outbreak kills scores of children in Papua

Indonesia

Indonesia: Measles, chickenpox kill dozens of children

Church leaders in the remote Indonesian province of Papua are saying that the number of children that have died from measles, malnutrition and chickenpox is higher than the official number reported by the government.

Indonesia: Measles, chickenpox kill dozens of children

Indonesia

Indonesia admits slow response to Papua's health crisis

The health crisis comes as a blow to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who had promised to bring welfare to the Papuans.

Indonesia admits slow response to Papua's health crisis

Indonesia

Indonesia Stock Exchange floor collapses, many injured

At least 75 people were taken to hospital in Jakarta, but police say none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Indonesia Stock Exchange floor collapses, many injured

Asia Pacific

Indonesia modern art museum challenges intolerance

Indonesian modern art has been gaining acclaim abroad, but the new museum's administrators hope to show off to a domestic audience.

Indonesia modern art museum challenges intolerance

Environment

Bali volcano: Evacuees eager to return despite eruption danger

Two months after the eruption, Indonesian villagers around Mount Agung are anxious to return home and resume their lives, but the government worries there is still a danger of another eruption.

Bali volcano: Evacuees eager to return despite eruption danger