Edward Snowden

Post reporter Lana Lam honoured for scoop on whistle-blower Edward Snowden

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 4:31am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 8:47am

The South China Morning Post last night won two top journalism awards for its exclusive series of stories on the US whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Senior Post reporter Lana Lam won an excellence award in the best scoop category for her interview with the former National Security Agency contractor published a year ago today.

She also won an excellence award in the best news reporting category for the series of stories that followed at the prestigious Society of Publishers in Asia Editorial Awards dinner at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

The Post was the only news organisation in Asia to interview Snowden as he hid out in Hong Kong after disclosing details of a mass US surveillance programme, which included the hacking of computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland.

Snowden left the city for Moscow on June 23 and is now in Russia, where he has been granted temporary asylum. Today for the first time the Post reveals some of the details about how it secured the interview with Snowden and some of the drama behind one the year's biggest stories.

Our coverage one year on from Snowden's explosive revelations over the next three days will look at the ongoing impact the biggest scandal in recent US history has had on Hong Kong, mainland China and the world.

It will also take a look at Snowden himself, offering fresh insights into his background from people the Post has interviewed over the past 12 months.

New information published today was not revealed while Snowden was in Hong Kong because of concerns for his security.