香港报业公会多年来对香港社会贡献良多，同样值得赞许。谨借公会五十周年纪庆，衷心致意。Tung Chee Hwa
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's message
Hong Kong's newspapers have contributed significantly to our status as an international financial and trade hub-indeed, as Asia's world city. The free flow of information has always been vital to business, and never more so than in this fast-paced era of globalisation.
Another essential factor in Hong Kong's development is raising the overall language standards of the community. That's why the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research has allocated funds from the Language Fund to sponsor six of the Hong Kong News Awards.
The Hong Kong News Awards also help foster higher professional standards among our news reporters and photojournalists. To tonight's winners, my congratulations. I salute your excellence, your resourcefulness and your pursuit of quality.
Last but not least, I congratulate the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong on your 50th anniversary, and commend you for your outstanding work in our community.