The Financial Times received two Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards for Editorial Excellence in Hong Kong yesterday.

China correspondent and former Seoul correspondent Edward White, and news assistant Kang Buseong won Excellence in Human Rights Reporting for their read on the South Korean based group putting together a new digital database for missing family members in North Korea. The piece features families with harrowing stories of loved ones being disappeared by the North Korean regime. 

The judges commented on the award, “Detailed insight into the protracted and difficult process of gathering evidence of human rights violations by the North Korean government told through a series of engaging testimonies. It highlights the importance of documentation in justice and accountability mechanisms even though they may take decades to be realised.”

US-China correspondent Demetri Sevastopulo and Greater China correspondent Kathrin Hille won an honourable mention for The Scoop Award for their shattering scoop on China's hypersonic weapon test, which showed China had tested a new hypersonic missile that showed advanced space capability that took US intelligence by surprise.

Established in 1999, the annual SOPA Awards recognises editorial excellence in the Asia Pacific, covering a range of categories that reflect the region’s vibrant and ever-evolving media landscape.

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