South China Morning Post bags 11 prizes at press awards

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 April, 2014, 4:54am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 April, 2014, 4:54am

The South China Morning Post has snapped up 11 prizes at the prestigious Human Rights Press Awards.

Post reporter Jennifer Ngo was awarded a merit prize in the English-language news category for her "Deaf Generation Lost in Translation" series, which explored the difficulties deaf people living in Hong Kong experience.

Senior reporter Verna Yu also received a merit prize in the same category for stories about police abuse of prostitutes on the mainland and the replacements for the mainland's notorious re-education-through-labour camps.

Through the story of a 43-year-old mother who went into prostitution in Wuhan because she was laid off from a chemical factory, Yu revealed that prostitutes have to face verbal and physical abuse from clients and the threat of getting arrested and being sent to re-education-through-labour camps.

Senior reporter Wu Nan bagged a merit prize in the English-language features category with a report on a mother, Tang Hui , from Lingling in rural Hunan province.

Tang Hui's daughter was raped by seven men who then sold the girl to a brothel. Two of the kidnappers were sentenced to death and five others imprisoned.

Tang campaigned for all of those responsible to get death sentences, for which local officials sentenced her to 18 months in a labour camp.

Post photographer Dickson Lee won a prize in the feature photography category with his photos of cheap, subdivided flats, or "coffin rooms", in Mong Kok.

The Post also won three merits in the same category, shared by Sam Tsang, Cheng Kok-yin and Felix Wong.

Cheng also won a merit in the spot news category with his photos about the dock workers' strike, while Edward Wong won two merits in that category.

The awards, now in their 18th year, are jointly organised by the Foreign Correspondents' Club, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association.