Tung Chee Hwa
Over the years, the Newspaper Society's Press Awards have served to advance journalists' professional standards in news reporting and photography. This year we saw a large number of excellent and arresting entries, and the winners with their outstanding performance well deserve the honour. My congratulations go to them all.
Free flow of information is crucial to our prosperity and development, especially to an international city like Hong Kong. Veracity and objectivity in our news reporting not only helps raise public awareness to local and international issues, but also fosters their involvement in community affairs, and we entrust our inspiring local press with their significant task. I am sure our journalists have both the resolve and the ability to fulfill this mission and work with fellow citizens of Hong Kong for a brilliant future.