|The struggle of China's civil rights lawyers and a bloody crackdown on Bangkok protesters were among stories or photographs about rights issues in Asia that were recognised at the 15th annual Human Rights Press Awards in Hong Kong. |
The event, organised by the Foreign Correspondents' Club, the Hong Kong Journalists Association and Amnesty International, was was open to local and Macau-based journalists as well as foreign correspondents working in Asia. It drew 236 entries published or aired during 2010. English and Chinese-language stories were considered.
RTHK won six awards, two in radio and four in television, including a prize for producer Eric Poon for his feature on the mainland dissident, Liu Xiaobo.
The South China Morning Post's Verna Yu won a prize in the general news category for stories about Wan Yanhai, mainland China's leading AIDS activist. The newspaper's Ng Tze-Wei won in the same category for the harassment of human rights lawyers in mainland China.
In the photojournalism feature category, Nicolas Asfouri of Agence France-Presse picked up a gong for "Bangkok Crackdown", while Chun Wai of the Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao won in the same category for "Manila's poor live on tombs in a graveyard".