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Kevin Lau at Human Rights Press Awards

KEV_0500-LKevin Lau, who was guest speaker at the 19th Annual Human Rights Press Awards ceremony held at the FCC today (May 9), said journalism in Hong Kong was at a crossroads: “Now is the worst time – and the best time – to be a journalist in Hong Kong.”

The Awards ceremony, co-organised by the FCC, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association, recognised outstanding human rights reporting, broadcasting and photography. The winners were also presented with cash prizes for the first time. These prizes were made possible by anonymous donations from individual Club members.

On February 26 2014, Lau, who had served as editor of the Ming Pao newspaper, was attacked on the streets of Hong Kong by knife-wielding assailants and nearly lost his life. At the time of the assault, he had been at the centre of a press-freedom controversy following his removal from the paper’s editorship. He had held the post for only two years, during which Ming Pao conducted investigations into politically sensitive topics, including Chief Executive CY Leung. After the stabbing attack, thousands of local and overseas journalists marched to show their support for him and to voice concern about the pressures on press freedom in Hong Kong.

Lau is now COO of Medianet Resources, responsible for new media development and education publishing. He joined Ming Pao in 1995 and has served as editorial writer, Beijing Bureau Chief, Executive Chief Editor and Chief Editor. He previously worked at the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

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Photos by: Kevin Dharmawan


And the winners are…

English Print Grand Prize
Series: Human trafficking in Thailand – Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Andrew R.C. Marshall – Reuters

English Features Prizes
“Wed for their wombs, Polio wives show India fails its weakest” – Ketaki Gokhale and Jason Gale – Bloomberg News
“Dying for Justice: An investigation of China’s legal system – William Wan – Washington Post

English Features Merit
“Dying kids, a poor Indian village, uranium and a mystery” – Rajesh Kumar Singh, Rakteem Katakey and Tom Lasseter – Bloomberg News

English News Merit
“When calls for revenge overwhelm China’s courts” – Didi Kirsten Tatlow – New York Times

English Online Coverage – Special Recognition
Occupy Central Reportage – Reporters, editors, photographers, web producers and assistants on the City and Online desks – South China Morning Post

English Online Merits
“Voices from Tiananmen” – Patrick Boehler – South China Morning Post
“No good choices” – Deb Price, Chester Yung and Sara Schonhardt – Wall Street Journal
“Easy prey” – Denise Hruby, Luke Hunt and Shane Worrell – The Edge Review

English Commentary Merits
“Broken trust” and “Clear distinction” – Michael C. Davis – South China Morning Post
Series on Occupy Central – Stephen Vines – South China Morning Post

English Broadcast Grand Prize
“War on Witches” – Aaron Fernandes – Al Jazeera English: 101 East

English Television Prize
“Uighurs seeking sanctuary” – John Sparks – Channel 4 News

English Television Merit
“Muzzling the messenger” – Lynn Lee and James Leong – Al Jazeera English

Chinese Print Grand Prize
“Wave of church demolitions in Zhejiang: Party Secretary Xia Baolong vs. millions of Christians” – Jiang Yannan and Zou Sichong – Yazhou Zhoukan

Chinese Features Prize
“The ongoing tragedy of the one-child policy” – Wang Sijing – iMoney

Chinese Features Merits
“Photographer Lu Guang’s works exposing pollution shock the government” – Wang Sijing – iMoney
Series: Violations of domestic workers’ rights – Wong Tung Leung, Lao Xian Liang, Tung Kit and Chiu Yin Ping – Sing Tao Daily
“How to die a good death when the end comes” – Chen Yi Min – Ming Pao Weekly

Chinese Broadcast Grand Prize
Series of reports of the 25th Anniversary of June 4 – NOW News

Chinese TV Prize
“A prisoner’s voice: The 25th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown” – Choi Yuk Ling – Radio Television Hong Kong

Chinese TV Merits
“Beggars’ syndicate” – Cheng Sze Sze – Cable TV
“Why do the elderly ‘love’ queuing?” – Lo King Wah – Cable TV
“Domestic helpers away from their homes” – Dora Choi – Radio Television Hong Kong
Series: The Occupy movement – Li Xianzhe, Gillian Yau, Dora Choi, Choi Yuk Ling, Yeung Yuet Fun and Chen Caixia – Radio Television Hong Kong

Chinese Radio Prize
“The Tiananmen mothers” – So King Hang – Radio Television Hong Kong

Chinese Radio Merits
Occupy Series: “Protest music in a leaderless movement” – Ian Cheng Hung Hay – Radio Television Hong Kong
“Over 100 arrested for showing solidarity with Occupy in China” – Chow Man Tai – Radio Television Hong Kong
“I have no choice: my years as a domestic worker” – Yuen Tsz Pui – Radio Television Hong Kong

Photography Grand Prize
Series: Occupy Central – Alex Ogle – AFP

News Photography Prizes
Benny Tai Collapses – Yu Chun Leung – Ming Pao
Lion Rock (Black and White) – Robert Ng – South China Morning Post

News Photography Merits
Paul Zimmerman’s Yellow Umbrella – Cheng Kok Yin – South China Morning Post
Lightning over Government Headquarters – Ho Ka Tat – Apple Daily
“They can’t kill us all: press freedom demonstration” – Li Chat Tung – Ming Pao
The Umbrella Man – Xaume Olleros – AFP
Boy at the June 4 vigil – Nora Tam – South China Morning Post
“Open the door: 1,500 high school students strike – Lo Kwan Ho – Apple Daily
Democracy protests in Hong Kong – Philippe Lopez – AFP

Feature Photography Merits
Series: Ethnic minorities in Hong Kong – Luk Yu Shing – Eastweek Magazine
Series: 900 square feet of hidden hope – Xyza Bacani –
Series: Family reunions between North and South Korea – Ed Jones – AFP
Hong Kong missionary feared detained in Pyongyang – Nora Tam – South China Morning Post

Student English Grand Prizes
“The Umbrella Movement: epilogue” – Lukas Messmer, Joyce Liu, Jane Li, Amel Semmache, Filippo Ortona, Cal Wong, Vanessa Ma, Vicky Wong and Hiram Liu/University of Hong Kong – MSNBC
“China’s ‘factory girls’ have grown up, and are going on strike” – Coco Feng, Jane Li and Echo Hui/University of Hong Kong – Quartz

Student English Prize
“China’s ‘homowives’ are becoming unlikely champions for gay rights – Huang Zheping/University of Hong Kong – Quartz

Student English Merit
“Hong Kong after Occupy” – Tracy Cheung Ka Sin, Leung Man Yin, Ng Hoi Ying/Chinese University of Hong Kong – Varsity

Student Chinese Grand Prize
“Interview with a homosexual ‘patient’” – Du Yijie/University of Hong Kong – Southern Weekly

Student Chinese Prize
“Reflection on a social movement” – Wong Ching Wun/Chinese University of Hong Kong – U-Beat Magazine

Student Chinese Merit
“Minority groups in Hong Kong don’t have equal employment rights” – Kei Sze Ching and Chong Lai Kit/Hong Kong Baptist University – San Po Yan

Essay Contest Winner
Gloria Cheung, University of Hong Kong graduate

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