Message from Chairman of The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong
With momentous events breaking out in both Hong Kong and abroad, 2014 is certainly one of the most memorable years not just to journalists but also every member of the community. Locally, heated discussions over political reform culminated in the 79-day Occupy Movement, while tension between Hong Kong and the mainland was also stoked by problems caused by parallel trading. Internationally, extreme terrorist groups sowed fears in the West and the Middle East and threatened to undermine modern civilization. In West Africa, the Ebola outbreak tested the capability of respective countries’ healthcare systems to protect their peoples. The fatal crash of a Malaysian airliner put an abrupt end to hundreds of innocent lives.
Reporting these major news events was a tremendous challenge to the professionalism of the news media. Our colleagues on the frontline worked round the clock to provide the public with timely and accurate information as well as objective and in-depth analyses. As social issues arose from time to time, the press – as the fourth estate apart from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government - stuck to its duty of ensuring that social justice was upheld and public authority properly supervised. Their efforts have been widely approved by the community and the winning entries of Hong Kong News Awards 2014 fully reflected the fruits of their labour.
On behalf of The Newspaper Society of Hong Kong, I would like to thank all of our supporters from every walk of the community, especially our sponsors and judges of the news awards. I would also like to congratulate every award recipient and encourage them to continue to spare no efforts to explore newsworthy topics and produce reports that resonate with the readers.