South China Morning Post Scoops 16 Prizes in the 2009 Hong Kong News Awards

Hong Kong, March 12, 2010 – The South China Morning Post has won a record 16 prizes in the 2009 Hong Kong News Awards.

The Post collected the top prizes for best scoop and best business writing in English at the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong’s awards announced on March 10 2010. SCMP also won the top awards for news writing in English, page design and news photography – the latter one of six gongs for the paper’s photographers.

Beating last year’s haul of 13 prizes, the newspaper saw the team of Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Greg Torode, Maseeh Rahman and Ian Young take scoop of the year for their investigation into the plight of the Rohingya boatpeople in Thai custody. First runner-up prize went to reporters Barclay Crawford, Fox Yi Hu and Ambrose Leung for revealing a plot to assassinate Democratic Party founder Martin Lee Chu-ming. Post reporters swept all three prizes in the category of best English business news writing.

Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post, Reginald Chua, said the paper was delighted to have won such prestigious awards. "We strive to give our readers smart, credible, and useful information every day, and it’s very gratifying that the judges think we succeed," said Chua.

About the 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,, 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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