South China Morning Post reporter Ambrose Leung has been honoured by the International Catholic Union of the Press for excellence in journalism. Leung, who covers politics and religious affairs, received an honourable mention in the Swiss-based organisation's triennial media awards, along with six reporters from Cuba, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Nigeria. Leung's was one of 1,200 entries for the body's 2004 awards. The reports for which he received recognition from the union's panel of judges included a profile of outspoken Catholic Bishop Joseph Zen, a news feature on religious freedom in Hong Kong after the handover and an article about discord within the Catholic Church. A spokesman for the union said the awards were set up to encourage and honour young media professionals below the age of 35. The awards' international jury considered the content and presentation of entries. Annie Lam, of the United Catholic News Agency, said she had encouraged Leung to submit entries for the awards and was very pleased he had received an honourable mention. The awards are to be presented at the world congress of the union in Bangkok in October.