Mrs Carrie Lam
Chief Secretary for Administration
My sincere congratulations to all winners of the Hong Kong News Awards 2014.
The Hong Kong News Awards presented by The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong provides an annual opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding work of journalists in the past year. It is also an event to reaffirm the importance of objective reporting and in-depth analysis in pursuing journalistic professionalism.
In 2014, many newsworthy incidents took place in Hong Kong. These incidents were not only the focus of public concern, but also held the attention of people in the Mainland, the global Chinese community and international society. The local media was presented with huge challenges as all eyes were attracted to their news reports like never before.
At the same time, advances in information technology have rendered no place too far away for news reports to reach. Hong Kong newspapers are no longer read by readers in Hong Kong only, but by readers around the world. That brings the significance of the Hong Kong News Awards to a level that has transcended geographical boundaries, and all winners of the awards can be rightly proud of their achievements.
Freedom of the press is the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s success. The Government remains committed as always to protecting the free and unfettered media environment in Hong Kong and everyone’s right to freely exchange ideas on all kinds of issues in the community.
Journalists shoulder heavy responsibilities and undertake arduous tasks. May this drive for excellence stay with you always and lead every one of you from strength to strength.