Australian, Indonesian Journalists Receive Award

JANUARY 19, 2015

Jakarta. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the winners of 2015 Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award on Friday.

The award commemorates the career of Elizabeth O’Neill who died in the service of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Indonesia on March 7, 2007.

“I am pleased to announce Australian journalist Latika Bourke and Indonesian journalist Aiman Witjaksono as the recipients of this year’s prestigious Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award,” Bishop said in a press release.

Bourke, a national political reporter for Fairfax Media, and Aiman, an executive producer and news anchor for Kompas TV, will spend two weeks in Indonesia and Australia, respectively, to gain a stronger understanding of contemporary issues in each country.

Recipients of the award share O’Neill’s commitment to encouraging better mutual understanding between Australians and Indonesians through accurate and informed media coverage.

Bourke will focus on the Indonesian government’s approach to Australia under the leadership of President Joko Widodo. She will also examine the development of trade and people-to-people links between the two countries, including through the Australian government’s New Colombo Plan.

Aiman plans to investigate Australian perspectives on human rights in Indonesia, including the situation in Papua. He will also explore the effects of Australia’s free-trade agreements on the economic relations between the two countries.

Participants will meet with community leaders, government officials, industry and NGO representatives.

The annual award is sponsored by the Australian government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute.