First Annual Kam Yiu-yu Press Freedom Awards Winners

First Annual Kam Yiu-yu Press Freedom Awards Winners

The Kam Yiu-yu Foundation, which was set up a year ago today, hosted the first Kam Yiu-yu Press Freedom Awards. After careful scrutiny of the 32 entries by the five judges – Professor Joseph Man Chan, School of Journalism and Communications of the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor Lee Chin-chuan, Head of Department of Media and Communications of City University of Hong Kong; Professor Leonard Chu, retired Professor of School of Communications of Hong Kong Baptist University; Ching Cheong, Chairperson of Kam Yiu-yu Foundation and Mak Yin-ting, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association – two entries were named winners of the awards in two categories.

Winner in the Print Media
Name of Winners:Tsang Ming-ming, Chan Kin-kai, Chow Wai-keung, Chim Sau-wai, Keung Ching-han, Wong Hung and Lo Ka-wai.
Winning articles:Doubt Casts on Vote Planting of PCCW – a series of reports in Ming Pao Daily.

Winner in the Electronic Media

Winner:Wong Suk-ling
Winning Submission:Village of Cancer – Cable TV

As pointed out by Prof. Lee Chin-chuan, representative of the panel of judges, the high quality of the 14 entries from electronic media and 18 entries from the print media have laid a good foundation for the Kam Yiu-yu Press Freedom Awards, which aim to enhance awareness of press freedom and professionalism among journalists.

Mr. Ching Cheong, Chairman of the Board of Kam Yiu-yu Foundation, wishes that the awards continue to serve the objectives of the Foundation, which are to encourage Hong Kong reporters to pursue excellence in reporting and safeguarding press freedom by providing professional recognition to outstanding Hong Kong reporters and reporting in the area of press freedom.

To benefit more colleagues and after considering the differences between radio and television news reporting, the Board of the Foundation has decided to divide the electronic media into two categories, so that from this year on there will be three categories, namely, Radio, Television and the Print media. The Foundation is also considering limiting the number of entries an individual reporter may submit so as to encourage more journalistic workers’ participation. Details will be announced in due course.

The Kam Yiu-yu Foundation was set up to commemorate the spirit of newsmen embodied by Mr. Kam Yiu-yu and Lee Tze-chung, who jointly decided to publish a historical editorial in Wen Wei Po twenty one years ago. The Board of the Foundation set up the Press Freedom Awards accordingly to encourage the promotion of press freedom and the pursuit of excellence.

The Fund, which is managed by the Hong Kong Journalists Association with an independent account (Hong Kong Bank: 002-5-439977,HK Journalists Association – Kam Yiu Yu Memorial Fund), stood at $526,194 after a donation made by Kam’s family member. The Board of the foundation wishes more donation will be made from all walks of life so that the foundation can last longer to safeguard the freedom of expression in general and press freedom in particular.

Board of Kam Yiu-yu Foundation
21st May 2010

Second Annual Kam Yiu-yu Press Freedom Awards Winners