The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international nonprofit organization based in New York, announced on Monday that Gwen Ifill, founder of Next Media Hong Kong and Apple Daily, has received the organization’s annual Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award. Press Freedom Award, in recognition of Lai’s extraordinary and sustained contributions to press freedom.
“In making the announcement, Catherine Carroll, president of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said that Lai is not only a promoter of press freedom, but also a fighter for press freedom. Despite the suppression by the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities, Lai continues to fight for the freedom to publish in the Apple Press.
It is reported that Hong Kong entrepreneur and social activist Lai Chi-ying founded One Media Group in Hong Kong after the June 4 massacre in Tiananmen Square in 1989, and founded Apple Daily in 1995. Last August. In April this year, he was sentenced to 20 months in prison for “participating in unauthorized assemblies and organizing marches. In April, he was sentenced to 20 months in prison for “participating in an unauthorized assembly and march.
“CPJ Chairman Carroll emphasized that the organization’s Board of Directors is honored to present Lai with the Gwen Eiffel Press Freedom Award for 2021, and looks forward to presenting the award to him in person one day. The award ceremony is expected to be held in New York City on November 18, 2012.