Hong Kong Journalists Win Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan Press Freedom Award
Hong Kong journalists have collectively won the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) Asian Press Freedom Award.
Freelance journalist Ilgin Yorulmaz, co-chairman of the club’s press freedom committee, told a livestreamed event on Tuesday that the award recognizes journalists and media who fight for freedom of expression, for the free exchange of information and against censorship.
He was accepted by the president of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Ronson Chan.
He said it was an honor to receive the award: “Hong Kong journalists are kind, passionate and tenacious…although the environment has changed, most of us have stuck to our posts and doing their best to find out the truth for the Hong Kong community.”
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On Monday, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) faced a backlash from its members after scrapping the 2022 Human Rights Press Awards at the last minute, citing legal “red lines”. Sources told HKFP that the now-defunct Stand News – which is the subject of an ongoing court case – was to win four awards and five merits.
Asked about freedom of the press during her weekly press briefing on Tuesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the FCC incident was isolated: “[F]From time to time, there will be concerns and concerns arising from isolated incidents… If this same organization has decided not to hold this event, a government official cannot comment on that.
Explanation: The decline of press freedom in Hong Kong under the national security law
Since the security law came into force in 2020, two newsrooms have been raided and their key writers arrested, as press freedom NGOs have sounded the alarm. Apple Daily, Stand News and Citizen News are among the outlets that have closed.
On Sunday, John Lee said he didn’t need to “defend” freedom of the press because it already existed.
“Fake news” legislation, crowdfunding regulation, and local Section 23 safety law legislation are all expected when and if Lee takes the helm.