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Chinese journalist, lawyer win Magsaysay award

Published on Jul 31, 2014 12:33 AM
 
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is seen here with Hu Shuli, one of the winners of this year's Magsaysay Award. The 61-year-old founder and editor of Caijing, a business magazine famed for its groundbreaking investigative reporting in China, was in Singapore earlier this year to interview Mr Lee. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

MANILA (AFP) - An influential Chinese journalist and a crusading environmental lawyer from China are among this year's winners of Asia's Magsaysay awards, the organisers announced on Thursday.

The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Award, named after a Filipino president who was killed in a plane crash, was established in 1957 to honour people or groups who change communities for the better and is often described as Asia's Nobel Prize.

Among this year's six awardees is Ms Hu Shuli, 61, founder and editor of Caijing, a business magazine famed for its groundbreaking investigative reporting that has had a profound impact on China.

Its reports on illegal trading, "government cover-up of the true extent of the 2003 SARS epidemic", and corporate fraud led to the ousting of high public officials, prosecution of business leaders, and stock market reforms, the foundation said.

 
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