Step Vaessen

Step Vaessen

Now based in Moscow, Step Vaessen previously reported on Asia for more than 20 years and was 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.

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Netherlands tourism: Businesses wait to see reopening benefits

There is no sign of visitors even though restrictions have been lifted, but many fear the Netherlands is too dependent on tourism.

Netherlands tourism: Businesses wait to see reopening benefits

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Netherlands holds virtual auction of 5G network bandwidth

There is hope the move by the Dutch government will raise at least $1bn, but the plan has been fiercely opposed by rights groups.

Netherlands holds virtual auction of 5G network bandwidth

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Black Lives Matter movement blooms in Netherlands, Belgium

Teenagers in both countries have come to the forefront in the Black Lives Matter movement after being inspired by events in the United States.

Black Lives Matter movement blooms in Netherlands, Belgium

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The Netherlands struggling to meet housing demand

Number of homeless people has doubled in recent years and 300,000 new houses are urgently needed, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the yearly target will not be met.

The Netherlands struggling to meet housing demand

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Amsterdam protest: Thousands rally against racism in capital city

The Netherlands questions some of its longtime traditions in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Amsterdam protest: Thousands rally against racism in capital city

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Trying to stay afloat: Dutch heritage vessels sail in protest

Dutch owners of historic sailing vessels set out to sea to protest the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on tourism.

Trying to stay afloat: Dutch heritage vessels sail in protest

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Dutch minks culled after farmers infected with coronavirus

Researchers urge other countries to test their animals after thousands of minks are infected with the virus.

Dutch minks culled after farmers infected with coronavirus

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Netherlands reopens with strict social distancing rules

Crowds have been out across the Netherlands as bars, restaurants, museums and theatres were allowed to reopen.

Netherlands reopens with strict social distancing rules

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Netherlands: Climate activists protest Schiphol airport expansion

Environmental activists are angry about the Dutch government's decision to approve the expansion of a major airport.

Netherlands: Climate activists protest Schiphol airport expansion

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Hidden coronavirus tragedies: Dutch elderly advised against ICU

Doctors have been advised against admitting elderly people to ICU, but have authorities underestimated their resilience?

Hidden coronavirus tragedies: Dutch elderly advised against ICU

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Netherlands' King's Day: Celebrations toned down over COVID-19

The government has urged people to remain patient at least until May 20.

Netherlands' King's Day: Celebrations toned down over COVID-19

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Russia: New measures may not be enough to deal with COVID-19

Russia is facing a shortage of beds and doctors after years of medical layoffs and hospital demolitions.

Russia: New measures may not be enough to deal with COVID-19