PINA Media Freedom Awards
Anybody who stands up and fights for press freedom and freedom of information deserves to be recognised, respected and honoured though I dare say that press freedom is sometimes abused and becomes a convenient tool.
Coming originally from Sri Lanka and later Hong Kong, both places where media freedom was and possibly still is, under severe threat and called for a sustained effort to keep them alive, one understands the problems and the dangers of fighting for these ideals.
Keep up the good work and other administrations will eventually come round to granting more media freedom.
Neville de Silva
Asian Tribune Columnist
The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka