Lee Cho Jat
After the handover of sovereignty in 1997, we have been enjoying freedom of the press despite some skepticism; but we also need to strengthen our consciousness of social responsibility in exercising such freedom as we move onto a new era of information technology.
Working in a very competitive environment, our journalists must strive to keep pace with the rapid strides in information technology to serve readers with all kinds of news and analysis. But on top of timely, balanced and accurate news and information, the community also has very high expectation that our journalist are vigilant of their professional ethics in their pursuit for quality news.
Our newspaper industry can never be divorced form the public. In reality, we are part of people's daily life. This can be reflected from this year's news and photographs awards which again demonstrate the professionalism of our journalists though they have to work in a very demanding environment.
Finally, congratulations to all winners of this year's news awards and we are all proud of their achievements. I believe the news awards will serve to give them the much-needed incentive and momentum to strive for better results in the years ahead.