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Express Editor wins special award
Published on: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Kuala Lumpur: Daily Express Chief Editor James Sarda and former national news agency Bernama Chief Editor Datuk Azman Ujang were declared joint winners of this year's Jury Special Award at the National Press Awards 2014 presentation ceremony held here, Monday night.The Special Award is given by the panel of judges at the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) who in their view found both recipients producing work that was consistently of high quality and meeting the standards of journalism demanded by the profession.

Both James and Azman took home certificates and shared the cash prize of RM15,000 presented by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, who represented Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The event was organised by the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI), with cash prizes sponsored by Petronas at Hotel Istana.

This is the third major national journalism award for James who is a Chevening scholar and has a Masters in Journalism from Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom. In 1996, he won the top national award for Environmental Reporting, and the MPI top award for reporting in 1999.

He has also won numerous awards at the State-level Kinabalu Shell Press Awards and is best remembered for the world scoop in 1995 that directly led to the arrest of fugitive Barings Bank rogue derivatives trader Nick Leeson.

James also edited the book White Headhunter in Borneo and co-authored Spirit of Borneo, both now much-sought after books on Sabah.



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