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HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTERS HONOURED IN ASIA

A journal banned in Singapore and currently being sued for defamation was just one of the many recipients in the 11th annual Human Rights Press Awards, held last month by the Hong Kong Journalists Association, the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club and Amnesty International. The awards honoured local journalists across Asia for their rights reporting throughout the region.

The editor of the "Far Eastern Economic Review", Hugo Restall, won first place in the magazine category for an article on Singapore opposition leader Chee Soon Juan. The journal is currently being sued by Singapore's Prime Minister and his father, the founding Prime Minister, who claim that they were defamed in the article. "The Review" is also banned in Singapore, where it is a criminal offence to subscribe to the magazine or to import or reproduce it for distribution.

Other winners included journalists who reported on extrajudicial killings in the Philippines and China's missing farmers.

For a full list of winners, see: http://www.amnesty.org.hk/html/modules/news/article.php?storyid=52

(10 April 2007)

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