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A Hong Kong Free Press opinion piece won an honourable mention at the prestigious Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) awards on Thursday night.

Yuen Chan’s op-ed about media freedom in Hong Kong competed 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. “When big gestures become foolhardy, dangerous or impossible, small acts of solidarity with those quietly toiling at the coalface become more important than ever.”

Established in 1999, the SOPA awards recognise editorial excellence in both new media and traditional journalism in the Asia-Pacific region. HKFP joined the media group earlier in 2023.

SOPA Board Members and Editorial Committee
The SOPA Board Members and Editorial Committee on Thursday. Photo: SOPAs.

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

HKFP previously won SOPA honourable mentions in 2020 and 2021.

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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.