Speakers 2013

Speakers at the HKBU-SOPA Award Winners Forum 2013:


Beijing Bureau Chief, The Financial Times

SOPA Award for Excellence in Feature Writing 2013, Financial Times
Bo Xilai: power, death and politics

SOPA Award for Excellence in Human Right Reporting 2012, Financial Times
Wukan villagers’ protests demanding local government reform

Journalist of the Year 2010

Jamil Anderlini was named Beijing bureau chief for the Financial Times in February 2011, having already worked for four years as the Beijing correspondent for the paper.

In 2010 Anderlini was named SOPA Journalist of the Year and won the Best Digital Award at the Amnesty International Media Awards for his coverage of Chinese petitioners seeking justice in Beijing.

He has won numerous other awards, including a UK Foreign Press Association Award in 2008, several individual SOPA awards and the inaugural Jones-Mauthner Award in 2012, which recognizes outstanding reporting of international affairs by a young reporter at the Financial Times.

In 2013 Anderlini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and short-listed for Foreign Reporter of the Year at the Press Awards in the UK and also the Orwell Prize, the UK’s most prestigious prize for political writing.

He is the author of a recent ebook, published by the FT and Penguin and entitled “The Bo Xilai Scandal” (2012).

Anderlini was born in Kuwait and grew up in New Zealand, where he received a BA from Victoria University and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from Auckland University of Technology. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese and has lived mostly in Shanghai and Beijing since 2000.

Prior to joining the FT he was Beijing business correspondent for the South China Morning Post for two years. Before that, he was chief editor of the China Economic Review.




Ernest CHI
Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of Investigative Team, Ming Pao

SOPA Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting 2013, Ming Pao:
Investigative reports on illegal structure controversy concerning Chief Executive candidates Henry Tang and C.Y. Leung

Graduating with a BA from the University of Winnipeg, Canada, Chi started his journalism career at 28 when he joined the Hong Kong Economic Journal in 1995 as a financial reporter. In 1999, he switched to Ming Pao, where he was promoted to finance news editor in 2003 before joining its general news desk in 2007.

In April 2011, Chi formed an investigative team soon after breaking a story on rigged purchases of Henderson Land’s luxurious residential 39 Conduct Road, which prompted new legislation on governing new-property sales. The story won both Best Scoop and Best Business News Reporting in the 2010 Newspaper Society of Hong Kong Awards.

That November, Ming Pao reported some 23 voters with seven surnames had the same address in a Mei Foo flat, pointing to vote rigging in the district council election. The report triggered more than 10,000 complaints to the Electoral Affairs Commission, which passed 2,000 suspected cases to the police and Independent Commission Against Corruption. This story won first runner up for Best Scoop in the 2011 Newspaper Society of Hong Kong Awards.

In the Chief Executive election 2012, Ming Pao unveiled a series on the then leading candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen, who built a huge illegal basement in his Kowloon Tong home. The scandal dealt a big blow to Tang, who eventually lost out in the election to Leung Chun-ying. Four months later, the paper reported Leung, then Chief Executive-in-waiting, also had illegal structures in his Peak house, raising questions on his political creditability. These two stories won the SOPA Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting 2013 and Best Scoop and Best News Reporting in the 2010 Newspaper Society of Hong Kong awards.

In Oct 2012, Ming Pao investigated the death of Li Wangyang, a Chinese dissident and labor rights activist in Hunan who was found dead on June 6. Thier reporters interviewed Li’s only sister who denounced the official claim of suicide. The story won the Merit Certificate in General News in Hong Kong’s Human Rights Press Awards 2012.

This year, Ming Pao ran a series of exclusive reports on Timothy Tong, the ex-chief of ICAC, who abused entertainment funds during his term of office. The report shocked and shook the confidence of the anti-graft organisation, as his investigation is now an ongoing public matter.

Chi likes to read history, particularly books on military. His team’s major investigative efforts were best summarized in “Investigation in the light and dark,” published by Ming Pao this fall.



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Correspondent in Hong Kong, Bloomberg News

SOPA Award Scoop Award 2013, Bloomberg:
Xi Jinping millionaire relations reveal elite Chinese fortunes

Michael Forsythe reports on Chinese politics and policy for Bloomberg News. He has also reported on a wide-range of beats from technology to economics for Bloomberg in Beijing and covered campaign finance in Washington.

In November 2006 he became team leader for the U.S. government, overseeing more than 40 editors and reporters covering the White House, Congress, Supreme Court and politics.  He has a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in East Asian Regional Studies from Harvard University.

After graduating from Georgetown in 1990, he spent seven years in the U.S. Navy, serving as an officer on ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet and making two deployments to the Persian Gulf. He and his wife have two boys and have relocated to Hong Kong from Beijing in August 2013.




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Southeast Asia Correspondent, The New York Times

SOPA Award for Excellence in Reporting Breaking News 2011, International Herald Tribune:
Crisis in Bangkok

SOPA Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting 2011, International Herald Tribune:
Behind Myanmar Inc.

Recent article about his 20 years of reporting in Asia:
Asia’s Lands of Charm and Cruelty

Thomas Fuller is a native New Yorker who has been posted in Bangkok, Brussels, Kuala Lumpur and Paris for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. He has covered the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, the 2003 Iraq war, the expansion of the European Union to 25 countries and the Arab Spring.



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National News Editor, The Phnom Penh Post

SOPA Award for Journalist of the Year 2013

SOPA Award for Excellence in Reporting Breaking News 2013, The Phnom Penh Post:
Kaoway factory shootings

SOPA Award for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting 2009, The Phnom Penh Post:
Escape from hell on the high sea: nine trafficked men return home

May Titthara has covered deforestation, land grabbing, economic land concessions and violent eviction in Cambodia. He has won numerous awards for his coverage of breaking news and human rights issues.