Hong Kong has always been renowned for being an international hub of news and information exchange. This is made possible by our well-established legal framework, out blockage-free information infrastructure and most importantly our industrious journalists. In particular, the Hong Kong News Awards held annually by the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong has become and event not only for people in the industry, but also for those from other sectors of society, including the academics and private sectors. Their participation in the adjudicating panel helps raise the professionalism of the industry. This year, with the support of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research and sponsorship from the Language Fund, a new Writing Section is introduced. It emphasizes the importance of proficient writing of news articles and demonstrates the industry's determination in developing an all-rounded profession.
I would like to express my wholehearted appreciation to the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong for their contribution in the promotion of the media and cultural industry in Hong Kong. I would also like to extend my congratulations to all winners of the awards on their remarkable achievement. I am sure that the industry would continue their good work in the coming year to upkeep Hong Kong's role as a global information center.