The Human Rights Press Awards expanded their judging panels this year. A total of 22 prominent figures in the fields of media, law, academia and human rights volunteered to read and watch more than 400 entries, for both professional and student contests.
Allan Au Ka-lun is a columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Journal, a public affairs host for Radio Television Hong Kong, and a PhD candidate at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was formerly a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, as well as a former producer, editor and anchor at TVB.
Astor Chan is a China researcher at Amnesty International’s East Asia Regional Office.
Chong Yiu-kwong is a solicitor and a senior teaching fellow at the Department of Education Policy and Leadership of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Jonathan Hopfner is a managing director at New Narrative Ltd. He is a former Reuters news editor.
Kwok Hiu-chung is the chairperson of the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor.
Peter Hutchison is an Agence France-Presse correspondent and a member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Board of Governors.
Armin Kalyanram practiced as Counsel at the High Court in Mumbai before moving to Hong Kong in 2006. In her adopted home, she volunteers with NGOs like Helpers for Domestic Helpers, Christian Action DMW program and Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (now Justice Centre). From 2009 to 2012, she sat on the Executive Committee of Amnesty International Hong Kong.
Karen Kong is an assistant professor of the Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong and Deputy Director of the LLM in Human Rights Programme at the University of Hong Kong. She teaches and researches in the area of socio-economic rights, constitutional law and administrative law.
Lau Kwok-kuen is the chairman of the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.
Vivian Kwok is the editor-in-chief and associate publisher of the Chinese edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. She has also worked with Next Magazine, the South China Morning Post and Forbes.com.
Jim Laurie has been a journalist and broadcaster for 40 years and heads Focus Asia Productions, a video and television consultancy. Based in Washington D.C., he now works as a consultant for China Central Television (CCTV English News).
Angela Lee is a former board member of Amnesty International Hong Kong and has acted as a judge for the Human Rights Press Awards since its inception in 1995.
Jacqueline Leong has been the Human Rights Press Awards’ legal expert since their inception in 1995. A former director of the Hong Kong Bar Association, she is a Hong Kong Senior Counsel (formerly Queen’s Counsel) and also a Member of the Bars of England, Singapore, and Victoria and New South Wales, Australia.
Liu Kin-ming is a veteran journalist, public affairs consultant and founder of the KM & Associates consultancy. He was formerly a chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association and a member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club’s Board of Governors. In 1998, Mr. Liu won a Human Rights Press Award for English-language commentary.
Bruce Lui Ping-kuen, a former principal China reporter for Cable TV, has produced documentaries on sensitive subjects in China, including the dangers of nuclear testing and “tofu” construction that was blamed for school collapses in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Mr. Lui is also a Ming Pao columnist and senior lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Simon Martin is a senior editor with Agence France-Presse. He joined the AFP in 1997 after 10 years as a correspondent with Reuters, and has been bureau chief in Malaysia and South Korea and deputy bureau chief in Jakarta. Mr. Martin began his career in newspapers and has worked, among other titles, for the Daily Mail in London (1980-82) and for the South China Morning Post as foreign editor (1982-1986).
Eric Poon is a veteran producer who has made more than 100 documentaries for Radio Television Hong Kong since 1993. Mr. Poon is an associate professor of practice at the School of Journalism & Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Carsten Schael is an award-winning German photographer and a member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club’s Board of Governors.
Bettina Wassener is a writer, consultant and a former business correspondent for the Financial Times and the International New York Times.
Douglas Wong is the Asia Legal Editor of Bloomberg News. He has also worked for The Financial Times and The Straits Times in Singapore and Malaysia. He was previously the Foreign Correspondents’ Club president.
Serenade Woo is a project manager of the International Federation of Journalists Asia Pacific Office. She is also a former member of the executive council member of Amnesty International Hong Kong.
Shirley Yam is the vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association and a columnist for the South China Morning Post.