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Myanmar media pioneer Sonny Swe to be keynote speaker at 22nd Human Rights Press Awards

Sonny Swe, co-founder of the Myanmar Times, is keynote speaker at the 22nd Human Rights Press Awards.
The Human Rights Press Awards is delighted to announce that Myanmar media pioneer Sonny Swe will be the keynote speaker at the May 12 awards ceremony, to be held at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong.

In 2000 Mr Swe co-founded the Myanmar Times, a venture that led to an eight and a half year stint in prison during the dark days of military rule. The long period of detention did not deter him and soon after being released, Mr Swe re-entered the publishing world and is now the CEO and founder of Frontier Myanmar magazine.

At a time when media groups are speaking out to demand the freedom of two Reuters journalists currently in jail in Myanmar, we are delighted to have Mr Swe speak at the awards ceremony about the vital need for freedom of the press and freedom of expression to protect fundamental rights.

At the ceremony, the winners of this year’s awards will be announced from what was a record number of entries, up 28 percent with 414 stories, photos, commentaries, videos, multimedia and radio pieces submitted.

“Best slate of entries in years, highlighting the disturbingly widening range of human rights abuses from religious intolerance in Pakistan to the award-winning Rohingya and China surveillance stories,” said one judge.

These annual awards, which are now in their 22nd year, recognise and honour excellence in journalism on human rights issues in Asia. The award recipients will share insights on their work at the ceremony which will be live-streamed on Facebook.

For the first time, the Human rights Press Awards is giving the public the chance to vote for the best photograph from four nominees selected by the judges. Get your vote in by May 6!

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人權新聞獎頒獎禮512日舉行

人權新聞獎欣然宣布,緬甸傳媒先鋒 Sonny Swe 將會出席5月12日於外國記者會舉行的頒獎禮,並擔任主講嘉賓。

Swe 於2000年成立 Myanmar Times,在軍政府統治期間,被送入獄8年半。但牢獄之苦未有令其屈服,他出獄後不久即重新加入傳媒,創辦Frontier Myanmar雜誌,並出任其行政總裁。

近期業界正爭取緬甸當局釋放兩名被囚的路透社記者,Swe 此時來港,為大家講述當地新聞及言論自由的狀況,更有其特殊意義。

人權新聞獎踏入第22屆,今年收到了合共414個參賽作品,包括新聞報導、相片、評論、影像、多媒體報導及電台廣播節目,報導範圍甚廣,包括巴基斯坦的宗教歧視、緬甸羅興亞難民及中國的政府監視網絡。得獎結果將於當日公布。頒獎禮將於臉書上直播(https://www.facebook.com/HumanRightsPA)。人權新聞獎由香港外國記者會、香港記者協會及國際特赦組織香港分會聯合舉辦,以表揚亞洲區內的傑出人權新聞報導。

同時,今年首次舉辦最佳人權照片公眾選舉,公眾可以一人一票從4幀作品中,選出自己的最愛。最後投票時間為5月6日,投票表格見https://goo.gl/forms/F9c3bT4M8TbzbPsm1

有關比賽詳情請瀏覽新聞獎官方網站(http://humanrightspressawards.org)

或追蹤我們的推特(https://twitter.com/HRPressAwards)

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