10 Honours for South China Morning Post in the Society of Publishers in Asia Editorial Awards

Hong Kong, June 9, 2010 – The South China Morning Post is recognized once again for newspaper excellence by scooping five prizes and five honourable mentions at the 2010 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence. The winner announcement was made on Jun 8, 2010 during the gala dinner.

With an exclusive series revealing a plot to assassinate Democratic Party founder Martin Lee Chu-ming and media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, the Post‘s team consisting of Fox Yi Hu, Barclay Crawford and Ambrose Leung captured the Scoop Award this year.

The panel of judges praised "Over three months the articles ably provided an exclusive of the putative hit, an evocative response from [Martin] Lee, a reconstruction of the plan and details of cross-border arrests and prosecution. A clean scoop bagged by strong sourcing and confirmed by the subject himself."

Stories from China continued to be a major global focus in 2009 and 2010. South China Morning Post‘s undisputable strength of coverage in the mainland earned a number of awards. The China desk received an honourable mention in breaking-news reporting for their work on the Xinjiang riots in July. He Huifeng, Shi Jiangtao and Choi Chi-yuk scored twice with their series examining the harrowing effects of chemical pollution on villagers in Hunan. The story gained them an award for excellence in reporting on the environment and an honourable mention in the human rights category.

Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian and Maseeh Rahman, former international editor Ian Young and chief Asia correspondent Greg Torode swept the human rights reporting category for the Post by winning the award for excellence. They exposed a secret Thai army policy of detaining Rohingya boatpeople from Myanmar, towing them to sea and abandoning them. Recognition of this entry coupled with the award for excellence in investigative reporting.

Greg Torode additionally picked up an honourable mention under the opinion-writing category with his series of columns on the rise of China.

South China Morning Post’s photography and creative design were recognized, with K Y Cheng, Dickson Lee and Sam Tsang being mentioned in news photography, and Terry Pontikos in the information graphics category.

Commenting on the outstanding achievements, Editor-in-Chief Reginald Chua said the overall results were a credit to the SCMP team. "I’m very pleased that our good work is recognized by our peers in the region and around the world." said Chua.

The awards, established in 1999, are open to English- and Chinese-language papers across Asia and this year attracted 564 entries from regional and local print and digital publications as well as news agencies.

List of the 10 awards won by South China Morning Post
1 Excellence in Investigative Reporting – Award for Excellence
"Thailand’s secret refugees" by Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Maseeh Rahman, Ian Young, Greg Torode
2 Excellence in Reporting Breaking News – Honorable Mention
"The Xinjiang riots" by Choi Chi-yuk, Shi Jiangtao, Will Clem, Josephine Ma, Al Guo, Kristine Kwok
3 Excellence in Business Reporting – Honorable Mention
"Grand illusions" by Olga Wong, Joyce Ng, Peggy Sito, Maria Chan, Chloe Lai, Sandy Li, Fox Yi Hu
4 Excellence in Human Rights Reporting – Award for Excellence
"Thailand’s secret refugees" by Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Maseeh Rahman, Ian Young, Greg Torode
5 Excellence in Human Rights Reporting – Honorable Mention
"Hunan’s village of the damned" by He Huifeng, Shi Jiangtao, Choi Chi-yuk
6 Excellence in Reporting on the Environment – Award for Excellence
""Hunan’s village of the damned" by He Huifeng, Shi Jiangtao, Choi Chi-yuk
7 Excellence in Opinion Writing – Honorable Mention
"China’s rise" by Greg Torode
8 Excellence in News Photography – Honorable Mention<
"China’s pollution plague" by K Y Cheng, Dickson Lee, Sam Tsang
9 Excellence in Information Graphics – Award for Excellence
"China’s economic miracle" by Terry Pontikos
10 The Scoop Award – Award for Excellence
"Hitman targets Martin Lee, Jimmy Lai" by Barclay Crawford, Ambrose Leung, Fox Yi Hu


About South China Morning Post

SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 583) is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s premier English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership. First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Its online platform, scmp.com, reaches a global audience of China watchers with daily breaking news, multimedia articles and interactive forums. Striving to maintain the highest standards among the world’s quality newspapers, the South China Morning Post receives constant international recognition. It received over 40 awards in 2009 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capability. Most recently, the South China Morning Post received 6 awards at the 31st International Annual Creative Design Competition for Newspapers and Magazines, and scooped 12 awards at the 2009 Society for Publisher’s in Asia (SOPA) editorial excellence awards, more than any other media company. Other publication titles of the Group include the Sunday Morning Post, the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and CosmoGirl! magazines.

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