Matthew Cheung Kin-chung
Freedom of the press is an important indicator of a world-class city. As Asia's world city, Hong Kong owes its success to freedom of the press and freedom of speech, which take our society forward.
The Government attaches great importance and has always been committed to protecting the freedom of the press and of speech in Hong Kong so that the media can cover news in a liberal and open environment, truthfully reflect the present state of society and monitor government policies.
In the digital era, information reaches far and wide. The latest, fastest and largest amount of information is instantly available simply through a mobile phone. At the same time, the public have a keen demand for accurate, in-depth and credible news. Through their outstanding work, the awardees of the Hong Kong News Awards 2016 show that Hong Kong’s print media have abided by professionalism throughout the years, providing objective, fair and balanced news coverage as well as incisive, brilliant and original analyses, constantly enhancing the quality of their journalism.
On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, I offer my sincere