The fact that audience approval ratings for in-depth newspaper coverage are far lower than those for television news reports requires deep thought, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said yesterday. 'The situation seems to have deteriorated for the past half year, as 67 per cent of people polled in a recent survey said local media had misapplied and abused press freedom, while only 26 per cent said that was not the case,' Mr Tang said in his keynote speech at the Hong Kong News Awards presentation ceremony at the JW Marriott Hotel in Admiralty. He said 59 per cent of respondents said TV news was the most trustworthy, compared with only 13 per cent for newspapers. The trust gap had grown 13 percentage points over the past 10 months. 'In-depth coverage is the strength of newspapers, but it brings a far lower audience approval rating ... this is a phenomenon worth our deep thought,' Mr Tang said. Mr Tang said the devastating Sichuan earthquake and the global financial meltdown had dominated the headlines last year and he hoped the ongoing global swine flu scare would not be the focus for next year's presentation ceremony. The South China Morning Post received 16 prizes at the ceremony. Reporters Fox Yi Hu and Dan Kadison won the best scoop award for an investigative series on Hongkongers receiving fake degrees from a US diploma mill. Sarah Monks, Ella Lee, Mary Ann Benitez, Loretta Fong, Kristine Kwok and Fiona Tam won the best science news reporting award with their 'After Sars' series, which asked what lessons had been learned from the outbreak of the deadly virus in 2003. Post reporters swept all three prizes in the category for best English news writing, with the top honour going to Josephine Ma for a feature about the riots in Tibet . In the category for best English business news writing, Post journalists also scooped all three prizes, with Adam Chen's feature, 'Rural homes in limbo as land-rights debate rages', coming top. Ng Tze-wei was first runner-up in the category of best young reporter. Photographer Sam Tsang was first runner-up in the category for news photos.