Each year, the Human Rights Press Awards invites prominent figures in the fields of media, law, academia, and human rights volunteers to read and watch more than 400 entries, from both professional and students, as part of its judging panels.
Allan Au Ka-lun is a columnist for Mingpao and Professional Consultant at the School of Journalism & Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, as well as a former producer, editor, and host at TVB News.
Angela Lee is a former board member of Amnesty International Hong Kong and has acted as a judge for the Awards since its inception in 1996.
Armin Kalyanram was a High Court counsel in Mumbai before moving to Hong Kong in 2006. She is an active volunteer with NGOs like Helpers for Domestic Helpers and the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre.
Bettina Wassener spent 20 years working as a business and economics correspondent, for the Financial Times and the New York Times/International Herald Tribune among others. Based in Hong Kong since 2008, she now works in corporate PR.
Bruce Lui Ping-kuen is 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.
Carol Lai Pui-yee is a former associate director of the graduate program in global communication, Akita International University. Before starting an academic career, she was a journalist and the former chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association.
Chong Yiu-kwong is a solicitor and a senior lecturer at the Department of Education Policy and Leadership of The Education University of Hong Kong.
Chung Lam-chi is the Hong Kong Press Photographers’ Association chairman.
Douglas Wong is an editor at Bloomberg Intelligence and was previously a journalist at Bloomberg News, the Financial Times and The Straits Times. A former FCC president and treasurer, he has been an HRPA judge since 2012.
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.
Icarus Wong Ho-yin is a human rights campaigner and the founder of Civil Rights Observer. He earned a Master of Laws in Human Rights from the University of Hong Kong in 2017. He has been actively involved in advocating human rights protection against police brutality at both local level and the United Nations since 2009. Icarus is also known for his advocacy against inequality and adverse impacts brought by urban redevelopment.
Jim Laurie has been a journalist and broadcaster for more than 45 years and heads Focus Asia Productions, a video and television consultancy firm. He serves as an outside consultant to a number of television and digital media organisations. Jim covered the war in Vietnam for NBC News (1972-1975), opened the first television bureau in Beijing for ABC News (1981), and served as President of the FCC Hong Kong 2001-02.
Karen Kong is a senior lecturer 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, public interest litigation, constitutional law and administrative law.
Masato Kajimoto is a former online editor for CNN and founder of the Asia Pacific Digital Citizens Network and Assistant Professor of Practice. He is also a journalism researcher at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong.
Poon Siu-to is a veteran journalist. He is a public affairs host of Commercial Radio.
Robin Moyer is a photographer, journalist, and book producer based in Hong Kong.
Serenade Woo is a veteran journalist. She is a former Chairperson of Hong Kong Journalists Association. She is a member of the executive council of Amnesty International Hong Kong and a project manager of the International Federation of Journalists Asia Pacific Office. Currently, she is a freelance journalist.
Shirley Yam has been a financial and political journalist since the 80s. She is the vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association.
The judging of the Human Rights Press Awards was in the capable hands of 23 volunteer judges in the fields of media, law, academia and human rights.
Jacqueline Leong has been the Human Rights Press Awards’ legal expert since its inception in 1996. She is a Hong Kong Senior Counsel and former director of the Hong Kong Bar Association.
Tom Mackey is East Asia Media Manager for Amnesty International and is based in Hong Kong.
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).
Tin Fong Chak