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Chinese journalist Hu Shuli and lawyer Wang Canfa win Magsaysay award

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 July, 2014, 11:37am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 July, 2014, 1:07pm

An influential journalist and a crusading environmental lawyer from China are among this year’s winners of Asia’s Magsaysay awards, the organisers announced on Thursday.

The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Award, named after a Filipino president who was killed in a plane crash, was established in 1957 to honour people or groups who change communities for the better and is often described as Asia’s Nobel Prize.

Among this year’s six awardees is Hu Shuli, 61, founder and editor of Caijing, a business magazine famed for its groundbreaking investigative reporting that has had a profound impact on China.

Its reports on illegal trading, “government cover-up of the true extent of the 2003 Sars epidemic”, and corporate fraud led to the ousting of high public officials, prosecution of business leaders, and stock market reforms, the foundation said.

“Hers is a journalism that works within the system but preserves the critical distance that is journalism’s strength,” the award citation said of Hu.

Another winner was Chinese lawyer Wang Canfa, 55, founder of the Centre for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, which has handled thousands of environmental complaints and beaten powerful industrialists in court.

Its efforts have also included training lawyers and judges, as well as drafting environmental laws and regulations, the foundation said.

“As long as we persist, the goal of establishing Chinese environmental rule of law will be achieved someday,” the award quoted Wang as saying.

Also honoured were Indonesian anthropologist Saur Marlina Manurung, National Museum of Afghanistan director Omara Khan Masoudi, Filipino teacher Randy Halasan, and the Pakistani non-government group The Citizen’s Foundation.

Manurung, 42, was cited for “her ennobling passion to protect and improve the lives of Indonesia’s forest people” through jungle schools put up by her organisation.

Masoudi, 66, was honoured for saving some of the museum’s most precious objects from the “bombings, looting, and wilful destruction by the Taliban” insurgents of what they considered Afghanistan’s non-Muslim heritage.

Halasan, 31, was recognised for teaching the children of the Matigsalug tribe in one of the remotest mountain villages in the Philippines.

The Citizens Foundation, organised by Pakistani business leaders, was honoured for putting up schools that gave equal opportunities to girls in a country where education for women is anathema to some religious extremists.

This year’s winners will be invited to Manila for an awards ceremony on August 31.


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You’ll notice that in all these Western initiated institutions (like the Nobel Prizes, The Pulitzer & the Magsaysay), the really important prizes like the Prize for Literature, Science, Medicine etc are normally reserved for individuals who comes from politically popular countries whereas the **** prizes like the Peace Prize are usually reserved for dissidents in countries out of favour like China e.g. The DL, Lui Xiabo & now these 2 & whose main purpose is to disturb the “Peace” & create chaos like Regime Change or Colour Revolution – the anti-thesis of what a “Peace Prize” is meant to be. The greatest irony is awarding the Peace Prize to Obama – with the blood of so many innocent men, women & children on his hands AND his drones are still killing & disturbing the “Peace”.
The Magsaysay award given to anybody wouldn't even be useful for wiping their behinds. It represents the Philippines values of Kleptocracy, selling out to the US and Japanese war-mongers and is an insult to humanity.
Hu Shuli hasn't done anything particularly worthy of such an award. She just represents the views of one faction of a divided ruling party. She's just another part of the establishment


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