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.
Leung Mee Ping is a professor of art creativity at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Jason Y. Ng is a bestselling author, a columnist and an adjunct associate law professor. He co-authored Unfree Speech, Joshua Wong’s memoir to be released by Penguin UK later this month. Ng is also an activist, currently serving as convener of the Progressive Lawyers Group and previously as president of PEN Hong Kong. In 2018, he was among eight human rights activists honoured at the Movies That Matter human rights film festival in The Hague.
Robert Godden is Director of Campaigns and Communications at Rights Exposure, an award-winning international human rights consultancy he co-founded in 2014. Before setting up Rights Exposure, he was with Amnesty International for 15 years, from 2004-2014 as the Asia-Pacific Campaign Coordinator based in London, Kathmandu, and Hong Kong.
Sheridan Prasso is the investigative correspondent for Bloomberg/Businessweek in Asia. The recipient of numerous awards, she has previously worked or written for outlets including Fortune, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, AP and AFP. She is the author of the book, “The Asian Mystique: Dragon Ladies, Geisha Girls & Fantasies of the Exotic Orient,” for which she was a Knight International Press Fellow in China, and a U.S.-Japan Foundation fellow in Japan.
Edwin Kwok is the Hong Kong Press Photographers’ Association chairman.
Venus Cheng is a trustee of Amnesty International Hong Kong Section Human Rights Education Charitable Trust. She was an ExCo member of Amnesty International Hong Kong between 2006 and 2019 and the vice-chairperson during 2009-13. By profession, Venus is a communications and public affairs specialist and consultant in NGO governance.
Divya Gopalan is a Hong Kong-based journalist with more than 20 years of experience in international news. She has worked, and continues to work, as a news anchor in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, having been deployed in 17 different countries. A seasoned professional, Divya understands all aspects of broadcast journalism, both in front and behind the cameras. She also contributes to online news outlets for breaking news and feature reports.
Lo Yan Wai is a veteran journalist. She is the Director-producer of “Vanished Archives”, a documentary of the Hong Kong 1967 riots. Lo served as a principal producer for “Sunday Report” at HKTVB and headed Public Affairs Department in Vancouver Fairchild Television Newsroom. She has founded Studio for Public Humanities Limited since 2012 with a documentation focus in the history of Hong Kong. Her articles are published in various media.
Au Mei Po is an activist. She has been campaigning for gender equality and defending labour rights and human rights locally and internationally in the last two decades. She was the director of Amnesty International Hong Kong between 2011 and 2018. During her terms, she initiated Adhere to Righteousness — 20 Years of Human Rights Press Awards, a book project on the 20th anniversary of Human Rights Press Awards.
Sham Yee-lan was the chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association between 2013 and 2017. She is a veteran journalist. She served as the Deputy Chief Editor of the Hong Kong Economic Times, Deputy Publisher of iMoney Magazine and Executive Chief Editor of Apple.com.
Isabella Ng is the Assistant Professor and the Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) in the Department of Asian and Policy Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong. She is the founder of The Hong Kong Society for Asylum-seekers and Refugees. Before teaching, she worked as a reporter for Time magazine, covering Greater China region.
Geoffrey Yeung is a barrister developing a practice in constitutional and administrative law, human rights law, discrimination law, as well as general civil and criminal work. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong, and pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Geoffrey is also an advocate for LGBT rights and welfare in Hong Kong, focusing on law and policy issues.
Shirley Yam has been a financial and political journalist since the 80s. She is the vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association.
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.
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.
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.
Mikko Takkunen is a photo editor at The New York Times’s International desk in Hong Kong. Before joining the Times in 2015, Takkunen was the International Photo Editor at Time.com in New York. Originally from Finland, Takkunen lived in the UK for over 10 years, where he did two university degrees and later worked as a freelance photographer in London.
Carsten Schael is an award-winning German photographer.
Jayne Russell has worked as a press photographer for over 35 years having travelled expensively following world events. She has also spent time as a Picture Editor at both international photo agencies and newspapers across the globe. Having worked on human rights photo projects before, she understands the importance of photos to getting world attention.
Poon Siu-to is a veteran journalist. He is a public affairs host of Commercial Radio.
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.
Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee is a barrister, writer and columnist in Hong Kong. She was a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong from 1995–2012.
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.
Juliana Liu is senior editor at Inkstone, an award-winning daily multimedia online magazine focusing on China-related stories. Before founding Inkstone, which is a unit of the South China Morning Post, she was the BBC’s Hong Kong Correspondent from 2012 to 2017. Before that, she had a variety of international on-air roles with BBC News. She started her journalistic career as a Beijing Correspondent at Reuters. She is also the immediate past president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong.
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.
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.
Ammu Kannampilly is an editor on AFP’s Asia-Pacific news desk. She previously headed AFP’s Kathmandu bureau and was the agency’s India correspondent prior to that.
Jonathan Hopfner is a partner at New Narrative. He is a former Reuters News editor.
Cherian George is professor of media studies at the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University. His books include Freedom from the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore (2012).
Fung Wai-kong has been the editorial writer of Apple Daily since 1997. He is also a columnist of Hong Kong Economic Journal and CitizenNews.
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.
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.