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Christ Jacob Belseran

SOUTHEAST ASIA RJF GRANTEE

Rainforest
Journalism Fund
South East Asia

Christ Jacob Belseran was born on May 5, 1985, in Eti, Piru, Seram District, West Maluku in Indonesia. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Pattimura Ambon's faculty of fisheries and marine science. Belseran started his journalism career in 2012 at a local TV station, Molluca TV. In 2014, he moved to national TV station Rajawali Televisi (RTV) in Jakarta, as a correspondent or contributor in the Maluku and North Maluku regions.

His work has been published in Tabaos.id, Titastory.id, Tempo.co, Viva NewsANTV Klik, and The Jakarta Post. In 2019, Belseran received a Tempo Investigation Fellowship and his investigative report, "The Last Party of Activists," was published on Titastory.id and Tempo.co. Belseran has received a number of fellowships, ranging from the Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) and EcoNusa to Auriga with Pasopati's Fellowship to the Pulitzer Center's Southeast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund.

Belseran serves as the secretary for the Maluku Regional Management for the Indonesian Television Journalists Association. He was also part of a team of investigative journalists who formed the Mollucas Center Of Investigative Journalism (MCIJ) club in Maluku in 2020. This organization aims to gather journalists in Maluku who are concerned about human rights issues, the environment, corruption, and the problem of trafficking in children and women.