Mr John Lee
Organised by the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong News Award honours media workers with excellent performance over the years, with a view to enhancing the professional standard of the industry.
In a metropolitan city with fast-pacing information flow like Hong Kong, dissemination of accurate, objective and comprehensive news and information in a speedy manner helps the public to gain a full understanding of latest developments in Hong Kong, the Mainland and the world. A vibrant media scene makes enormous contributions to economic and social developments as well as enhancing international competitiveness. This is a prominent mark for not only Hong Kong but also other major cities in the world.
In the past year, despite the daunting challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, media workers continued to hold fast to their duties by turning out objective reporting and insightful analysis, informing, educating and entertaining their readers. May I extend my congratulations to every winner of the Hong Kong News Award 2021. I encourage you to upkeep your professionalism and news ethics as always in reporting quality news stories and striving for excellence.
This year marks a significant milestone of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Over the next five years, as Hong Kong returns to stability and prosperity after a time of volatility, I look upon the media industry for making the best use of its transmissibility and influence in composing a new and fascinating chapter for Hong Kong together.