I am pleased to announce that Australian journalist Bonny Symons-Brown and Indonesian journalist Josie Susilo Hardianto are the recipients of this year’s prestigious Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award.

Ms Symons-Brown, Supervising Producer and Reporter of The Drum, ABC TV and Mr Hardianto, International Desk Editor of Kompas newspaper, will spend two weeks in Indonesia and Australia respectively, to gain a stronger understanding of contemporary issues in each country.

As part of their visits, Ms Symons-Brown and Mr Hardianto will meet with community leaders, government officials, industry representatives and NGOs.

The Award commemorates the distinguished career of Elizabeth O’Neill OAM, who died in Indonesia in the service of the Australian Government on 7 March 2007. The awardees share Elizabeth’s commitment to encouraging better mutual understanding between Australians and Indonesians through accurate and informed media coverage.

The annual Elizabeth O'Neill Journalism Award is sponsored by the Australian Government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute.

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