Chief Secretary for Administration
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
The Hong Kong News Awards is an annual highlight for the local media community. The Awards are a mark of prestige that promotes exchanges among journalists and gives recognition to their quest for professional excellence, even under the pressure of tight deadlines. This event also affords us the pleasure of looking back over the stories of the past year's ups and downs and gains and losses through the high quality submissions and winning entries.
Hong Kong's commitment to freedom of speech and publication has helped to establish the city as an important media hub in the Asia-Pacific region. A broad spectrum of media entities thrive in Hong Kong and competition is fierce within the industry. Nevertheless, the public expects our journalists to uphold the strongest principles of ethical reporting by providing impartial, fact-based reports and objective commentary without fear or prejudice. These principles are intrinsic to the values of press freedom.
My sincere congratulations to all the winning journalists and news agencies. I know you will continue to build on your achievements by bringing more quality news coverage to the public.