Indonesia: Expand Environmental Coverage
Knight International worked with newspapers and radio stations to create weekly environmental reports in Indonesia, a country facing deforestation, over-fishing, mining and pollution. Knight Fellow Harry Surjadi partnered with Kompas Gramedia Group to vastly increase coverage of the environment, prompting better government policies.
Knight Fellow Harry Surjadi's workshop participants produced stories on toxic waste and water pollution.
- Launched dedicated weekly environmental supplements at two newspapers: the Tribun Pekanbaru and Pos Kupang. SingFM radio created a talk show focused on environmental issues such as availability of and access to potable water.
- Coached reporters who produced an investigative story about the illegal disposal of hospital waste into the drinking-water supply. The government ordered a clean up and issued new regulations governing disposal of hazardous waste.
- Trained journalists in Indonesia and journalism students in East Timor to research environmental issues, raising the quality of reporting.