Understanding Near Neighbors Fellowships: Islam after the Tsunami

May-June 2005

Post-tsunami reconstruction work in Aceh and the nature of Islam in Indonesia were the major themes of this 14-day study tour through Java, Indonesia’s most populous island.

Eight Australian journalists and four from Indonesia visited Islamic institutions and communities, political leaders, editors and journalists. After special briefings from UN and other agencies in Jakarta, the group travelled to Aceh to observe reconstruction efforts by international and local agencies and attended a press conference for a visiting parliamentary delegation from Australia.

APJC Fellows:


Ms Anne Barker, north Australia correspondent, ABC radio current affairs, Darwin
Ms Kellie Mayo, chief of staff, ABC TV & Radio News, Melbourne
Ms Michele Mossop, deputy photographic editor, Australian Financial Review, Sydney
Ms Tamara Oudyn, journalist, ABC Asia Pacific News (TV), Melbourne
Mr Greg Roberts, reporter, Leader Newspapers, Melbourne
Ms Kanaha Sabapathy, journalist, Radio Australia, Melbourne
Ms Emma Tinkler, journalist/feature writer, Canberra Times, Canberra
Mr John Wallace, APJC (Australian tour leader)
Mr Christopher Zinn, freelance producer/reporter, “Sunday”, Channel 9, Sydney


Mr MMI Ahyani, former correspondent Jakarta Post and DeTik, Bandung (Indonesian tour leader)
Mr Harry Bhaskara, managing editor, Jakarta Post, Jakarta
Mr Elcid Li, journalist, MetroTV, Kupang, West Timor
Ms Sirikit Syah, freelance TV journalist and director of Media Watch (NGO), Surabaya
Ms Rieska Wulandari, freelance photographer, Bandung