KUALA LUMPUR: Star correspondent Stephen Then was awarded the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) Print Media Award at the Human Rights Award 2016 at Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) here on Thursday.
Then, 47, is based in Miri, Sarawak and has written extensively on vulnerable groups in the country, especially those who are marginalised with the intent to promote equality for all.
"I feel very honoured and humbled. I receive this award on behalf of all other journalists, as there are many of them who have done well in the advancement of social justice."
"Journalism opened my eyes to the plights of the rural, the poor, those living in the forests affected by loggings and those living in the squatter colonies in urban areas," he said.
Then has highlighted native land disputes, money politics, corruptions, rights of safety, rights of persons with disabilities, freedom of religion and worker's rights which provoked responses and remedial reactions from those in power.
He began his career in 1991.
Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail handed out the awards.
Other award winners included Dr Madhusudhan Shammugam (Individual Award), Malaysia Handicraft Development Corporation (Government Agency Award), Boo Su-Lyn (Media Award), Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad (Business Entity Award), The Centre for Environment, Technology & Development Malaysia (Civil Society Organisation Award) and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk Paul Low.
The winners were awarded in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.