An Impression for SEAPA Fellowship Program 2011

When first told that I had been selected to be one of 11 journalists from the Asia region for SEAPA Fellowship, thing that came to my mind was “is this the beginning of the membership of East Timor into the ASEAN community’. But then I realized that actually this is just an excellent and a phenomenal  journalism fellowship.

I had felt as an East Timor’s ambassador to ASEAN when sitting at the same table with my fellow journalists in Akmani Hotel, Jakarta, last June during the De – briefing session. I must honestly admit that this must be a noble and the highest award for journalists in ASEAN that gives a high moral message to the media community to become more sensitive and focused on researching the hidden side of  life of ASEAN people.

Being as one of the SEAPA Fellow 2011 which multiply the story of the lives of Myanmar refugees and foreign workers who live in fear and unclear status in Malaysia gave a deep message that the ASEAN community must uphold human values and a mutual respect for each difference be it religious, ethnic, race and skin color. (Gil da Silva)

February’s State Alumni Member of the Month

John O’Loughlin Kennedy of Ireland has been selected as the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Member of the Month for February 2012 in recognition of his entrepreneurial and humanitarian efforts that have improved lives around the globe. O’Loughlin Kennedy received a 1961 Fulbright Student Program scholarship to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied at the Graduate School of Business Administration. He credits the Fulbright Program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with giving him the confidence and ability to affect positive change in the world. Today O’Loughlin Kennedy is a thriving member of the Irish business community.

O’Loughlin Kennedy states, “My Fulbright scholarship in 1961 certainly changed my life for the better and I can honestly say that it did as much or more in the lives of millions of others. The experience of the Graduate School of Business Administration at UCLA and the can-do attitude that I absorbed in California gave me the necessary confidence, authority and know-how when my wife, Kay, and I decided to do something about the famine in Nigeria in 1968. We started CONCERN. We took the initiative and since then some thousands of wonderful young people, and some not so young, have improved the lives of, literally, millions of their brothers and sisters by sharing their skills in developing lands.”

O’Loughlin Kennedy has continued to exhibit his can-do attitude with the recent founding of an award-winning company, WINICabs with fellow Fulbright alumnus Patrick Duffy. WINI, which stands for “When I Need It, Where I Need It,” is an automated taxi dispatch system that links taxis with customers using mobile phone technology. WINICabs was named winner of the prestigious Aepona/Neustar Developer Challenge at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, and is currently being tested in Dublin, Ireland, before its international launch later in 2012.

During his time as a Fulbright student, O’Loughlin Kennedy describes being “blown away” by the can-do attitude he encountered and the encouragement he received to question established thinking. In 1968, after his return to Ireland, O’Loughlin Kennedy put this can-do attitude to work when he founded AfricaConcern in response to the famine that was ravaging Nigeria. AfricaConcern eventually became Concern Worldwide, a major international charity that raises 200€ million annually and employs over 3,000 people worldwide.

Beyond his extensive entrepreneurial endeavors, O’Loughlin Kennedy has served as a tireless advocate for the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association (IFAA) since its founding in 1993. More recently, O’Loughlin Kennedy gave his support to the newly established Ireland – United States Alumni Association (IUSA) by participating in early planning meetings that led to the establishment of the interim board of directors in January 2011. He has been an enthusiastic advocate for the new alumni association, most recently participating in a business panel discussion on the trade and investment relationship between Ireland and the United States.


Living With Fear and Unclear Status (an Article on Myanmar Refugees and Indonesian Worker in Malaysia)

East Timor – American Alumni

East Timor – American Alumni Leadership Course 2012


(East Timor – American Alumni Leadership course 2012)

Wants to be a future leader! Joint our leadership course, apply yourself now, if you meet these conditions;
1.    A potential leader (been involved in campus debate or any debate competition)
2.    Timorese (man/women)
3.    Minimum age; 21 years old and maximum age; 28 years old
4.    University student in International Relations and Social Communication Science (at least 3rd semester, at UNTL, UNDIL, UNITAL and UNPAZ)
5.    English Language proficiency at Intermediate level

Who will be the course guider?
1.    East Timor Preeminent Journalists
2.    East Timor – US Department of State Alumni
3.    International friends (Skype Teleconference)

What will be the achievement?
1.    Become a great debater  and future leader
2.    Leadership Certificate
3.    Trophy

When will the program begins?
The course will begin on February 13th, 2012

Who is the Fellowship Coordinator?
Julio Gil da Silva Guterres, B.A.
Director CJITL
Alumni of; US Department of State – IVLP 2011, Salzburg Fellow 2009, SEAPA Fellow 2011, TLMDC and INTERNEWS Investigative Award Winner 2005

How about the course fee?
100 % free of charge, ENTRY TEST is applied

How many participants will be awarded?
There are eight (8) fellowships  available

When the application deadline?
Application submission is now open and will close on January 27th, 2012  @ 17.00PM

What is the most highlight issues of the course?
1.    Basic Leadership Course (how to make speeches, debates and seminar presentation)
2.    Exercise Democracy Principles (What is PRESS FREEDOM and the FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION)

How to Apply?
Write a key word “LC2012” and send to +670 7250761 or call +670 3331068 or email ; you will soon contacted by CJITL for the application briefing. You can also visit our office at Pantai Kelapa, Dili, Opposite Dili International School (+_100 meters left behind Timor Plaza).

Application form is NOW available in our office

2012 Tomorrow’s Leaders Summit

Tomorrow’s Leaders Summit
“Education, Sustainability & The Future

– Towards Innovative Societies”
8th – 11th November 2012

Following the success of Tomorrow’s Leaders Summit 2011 with some 992 participants from 35 countries in the three day program that generated over RM 3.8 Million worth of media attention which can be best summed up by the words of the some of the speakers and participants:

“Such a forum enabled many vibrant young people to come together to share ideas, build networks and be involved in the process of leadership development.”

Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, First Lady and Wife of the Prime Minister Malaysia.

“I had to earn every opportunity in my life, nobody gave me anything.”
Nobel Laureate, Professor Douglas Osheroff.

“A lot can be said about Tomorrow’s Leaders Summit & the Borneo Youth Declaratio n but the fact
rem ains it has open our eyes up to what is possible for our future.”
Cyril Dason Sarawak Bloggers & Young Leader in Sarawak.

In the current global climate the important role tha t Tomorrow’s Leaders Summ it 2012 will assume taking on the defining issues of our time “Education, Sustainability & the Future” will see leaders from the all sectors of society weighing in to chart the way forward.

A well des igned program allows for all levels to contribute, share and learn while developing a vision for the future, whether through the Open Sessions, Panel Sessions, Breakfast with the Leaders Session, Workshops, Networking Sessions, Working Groups.

Tomorrow’s Leaders Summit would like to invite interested parties, whether as delegates, speakers, sponsors, media or supporting organizations to contact the secretariat to participate.

for more information please click:

Center for Investigative Reporting offers grants [Worldwide]

Freelance journalists worldwide can apply for a grant.

The Center for Investigative Reporting offers Dick Goldensohn Fund grants covering research, reporting and travel costs for freelance journalists working on international stories.

Grant amounts vary but are generally a few thousand dollars. A working knowledge of English is required.

To apply, send a letter explaining the story, its significance and a potential outlet for publication. Describe your level of journalism experience and provide an estimated timeline and budget for the project.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more information,Click;



SEAPA is looking for a dynamic, highly motivated and suitably qualified person to join its team in Bangkok, Thailand as the Alerts and Communications Officer.

Main responsibilities:

  • Monitor and prepare alerts and articles on violations of freedom of expression in the region, in collaboration with member and partner organizations
  • Plan and manage content on the organization and issues advocated by SEAPA for regional and international dissemination using online and offline communication tools
  • Work closely with the Campaign Coordinator to ensure actions and campaigns are communicated widely to stakeholders and effectively mobilized
  • Help develop and maintain an effective communications strategy for SEAPA


  • Relevant university degree or professional qualification
  • Demonstrated strong writing and editing skills in English
  • Has at least five years’ relevant experience working with the print/broadcasting/online media and has in-depth understanding of media, press freedom, freedom of information and freedom of expression issues across Southeast Asia
  • Good public speaking skills. Prior working experience in NGOs promoting/protecting human rights is an advantage
  • Has a strong command of spoken and written English, and able to speak and write in at least another language of Southeast Asia
  • Familiar with various content management systems and have experience managing online content
  • Able to travel, when necessary, within or outside the region.

Applicants should email a motivation letter, a two-page curriculum vitae, sample work or portfolio, and expected salary, to not later than 25 January 2012. Only short-listed applicants will be notified via email.

be State Alumni Member…

If you are an Alumni of U.S. Government for any Exhange programs to the State, you can just visit and fill in your U.S. Travel record and your membership will br aprroved at least after 10 working days of verification.