The Human Rights Press Awards were established by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Journalists Association and Amnesty International Hong Kong to recognise outstanding reporting in the area of human rights.
A total of eight journalists were credited for their work. In the general news section of the awards, Merit Awards went to Simpson Cheung for his coverage of the July 1 march, and to Joanna Chiu, K.Y. Cheng and Verna Yu in the newspaper feature section. Cartoonist Harry Harrison and photojournalists Dickson Lee, Cheng Kuk Yin and Felix Wong also received merit awards.
“We are very proud that our reporters and photographers have been honoured for their work in these internationally recognised awards,” said Editor-in-Chief, Wang Xiang Wei. “We have been participating in these awards since the beginning and each year we garner a clutch of awards for our consistent record of covering human rights issues in Hong Kong and the region.”
He continued, “As well as congratulating the winners, we would like to thank the judges for not only recognising the outstanding work of our reporters, photographers and editors,” said “But also for recognising the South China Morning Post’s commitment to quality journalism in its coverage of Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta and China.”
The awards, which are open to Hong Kong and Macau-based journalists and foreign correspondents working in Asia, saw 368 entries, a significant increase from the 226 entries the previous year. There were 110 English entries, 180 Chinese entries and 78 photography entries. The stories entered covered issues not only in Hong Kong, but also from across the Asian and South Asian regions. More than 1,000 journalists and news organisations from around the world have competed in the awards since their inception.
This year’s awards hosted guest speaker, Martin Lee Chu-ming, founding chairman of the Democratic Party, whose speech revisited the history of 1984’s Joint Declaration which provided the blueprint for the subsequent Basic Law.
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