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A Hong Kong Free Press opinion piece has been nominated for a prestigious press award by the The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA).

Yuen Chan’s op-ed about media freedom in Hong Kong is competing for a SOPA Award in the Excellence in Opinion Writing: Regional category.

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Photo: HKFP.

Published on Press Freedom Day last year, Chan’s opinion piece argued that alarm over the “death” of press freedom in the city was premature. “Despite the closures, the arrests, the smears, the sad and reluctant departure of their peers, there are journalists who simply continue to do their jobs,” Chan wrote.

Established in 1999, the SOPA Awards recognise editorial excellence in both new media and traditional journalism in the Asia-Pacific region.

The winners of the SOPA 2023 Awards will be announced at an event on June 15.

On Wednesday, HKFP won an honourable mention at the Human Rights Press Awards for a photograph by Britt Clennett.

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Tom founded Hong Kong Free Press in 2015 and is the editor-in-chief. In addition to editing, he is responsible for managing the newsroom and company - including fundraising, recruitment and overseeing HKFP's web presence and ethical guidelines.

He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He previously led an NGO advocating for domestic worker rights, and has contributed to the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera and others.