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Southeast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund

The Rainforest Journalism Fund aims to support and build capacity of local, regional, and international journalists reporting on issues related to tropical rainforests. One of the three rainforest regions of focus is Southeast Asia, including the mainland and island countries. The Southeast Asia RJF advisory committee is composed of leaders in journalism on issues relating to tropical rainforests, and members help to inform the priorities and direction of this initiative with their critical understanding of regional and local contexts.

Members of the Southeast Asia RJF advisory committee review and provide independent guidance for proposals for local and regional reporting projects focusing on tropical rainforests in the greater region. The committee also helps to develop annual convenings for journalists reporting from and on Southeast Asia. Current members of the Southeast Asia RJF Advisory Committee are:

  • Wahyu Dhyatmika, Editor in Chief, Tempo.co - Indonesia
  • Dan Grossman, Journalist - USA
  • Isabel Hilton, CEO, The China Dialogue Trust - UK
  • Anchalee Kongrut, Writer and Assistant News Editor, Bangkok Post - Thailand
  • Kuang Keng Kuek Ser, Data Journalist, Data-N Founder & Consultant - Malaysia
  • Audrey Tan, Environment Correspondent, The Straits Times - Singapore

To contact Harry Surjadi, the Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator, please email sea.rjf@pulitzercenter.org.

To contact Nora Moraga-Lewy, the RJF Coordinator, please email nmoragalewy@pulitzercenter.org

Learn more about the Rainforest Journalism Fund.

'Fire Corporation' Investigation Video Series (bahasa Indonesia)

Tempo’s collaboration with Mongabay Indonesia, Betahita, Malaysiakini and Auriga Nusantara found traces of the involvement of a number of forestry and oil palm plantation companies in the big forest fire in 2019.

Two Lives of Fire Giant (bahasa Indonesia)

Journalists and civil society organizations from different countries came together to uncover the alleged involvement of corporations in Indonesia’s 2019 fire season.

Feeling the Heat

There is concern that a number of articles in the job creation bill may weaken environmental law enforcement. The bill poses a new threat to forests and peatlands.

Peatland Fires Are 'Patterned and Massive'

The next two months will be crucial for Nazir Foead and his team at Indonesia's Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG). Peatlands have been vulnerable to fires during this time of year, and BRG has been the target of criticism.

Companies Behind Forest Fires

Land and forest fires ravaged Indonesia in 2019. Satellite imagery and field checking suggest that companies were at fault. Poor law enforcement and lax regulations may trigger similar disasters in the future.

The Road Mine Scandal in Hutan Harapan

The construction of a mining road in Hutan Harapan is a conspiracy between Peter Sondakh, owner Rajawali Group and the government. Road construction causes deforestation.

Korporasi Api (The Fire Corporation)

The fires that destroyed 1.53 million hectares of Indonesia’s forests and land in 2019 were triggered by the expansion of forest product and oil palm plantations and industrial activity.

Saving Siberut Island

Siberut Island is a unique island of Mentawai Islands, in the western of Sumatera Island, Indonesia. Siberut Island is the home of four endemic primates. The Siberut forest is under threat from a 49,440 hectares timber consession, a company-owned 19,876 hectares forest plantation, and 2,600 hectares of land and forest will be developed as a special touristic area.