About SOPA

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) is a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1982 to champion freedom of the press, promote excellence in journalism and endorse best practices for all local and regional publishing platforms in the Asia Pacific region.

Today, SOPA is the voice of Asia’s media and publishing industry, and continues to work to uphold media standards and freedoms while celebrating and supporting professional journalism and publishing. The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence are the annual, flagship awards, serving as a regional benchmark for quality, professional journalism.  


SOPA is a not-for-profit organization based in Hong Kong and representing international, regional and local media companies across Asia. The Society of Publishers in Asia is also host to the prestigious annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence, which serve as the world-class benchmark for quality journalism in the region.


Welcome to the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA)

SOPA was established in 1982 to recognize and celebrate the highest standards of journalistic quality and integrity in Asia. Today, the SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence are regarded as the gold standard against which Asia’s best journalists and publishers are measured.

Our commitment to editorial excellence is evidenced through a range of activities and initiatives:

  • SOPA stands as a vocal and passionate proponent for freedom of the press regionally.
  • We advocate for best business practices that support and sustain the publishing industry.
  • SOPA hosts topical events to promote industry dialogue, education and innovation through its Media Insider Series, as well as forums that unite and strengthen our publishing community. This includes outreach and initiatives targeting Asia’s next generation of journalists through partnerships with universities including the HKBU-SOPA Award Winners Forum.
  • We embrace the promotion of technological advances and innovation that best serve the information needs of our membership.

To learn more about becoming a member

We invite you to join in supporting the promotion, recognition and future growth
of Asia’s dynamic and diverse publishing industry. Please feel free to contact us
with suggestions in how SOPA can further serve its members and aid in professional development.

Board Members


Rhonda Taylor


Head of Communications & Partnerships,
Asia Pacific Financial Times


Yi Jia Tiong

Honorary Treasurer

Chief Strategy Officer Ming Pao
Newspapers Limited


Lillian Kung

Honorary Secretary

Bloomberg Media


Desiree Au

Publisher, Vogue Hong Kong


Barrett Bingley

Director, Media Sales (North Asia) and
Asia Initiatives The Economist Group


Toby Doman

Communications Director, APAC
Dow Jones


Ling Sze Gan

Vice President, Head of Sales & Revenue of Editorial Content & Data Solutions
Thomson Reuters


Adrian Lee

SVP, Group Marketing & Events South China
Morning Post Publishers Ltd


Byron Perry

Founder & CEO Coconuts Media


Helena Phua

Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific
The New York Times

Mission Statement

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) exists to promote excellence in journalism and best practices across all local and regional publishing platforms in Asia Pacific

SOPA is dedicated to:

  • Freedom of the Press across the region.
  • Promoting and sharing best business and operating practices for the benefit of members, their readers and customers through understanding and embracing emerging platforms and technologies.
  • Developing the skills of media professionals across the region.
  • Bringing together media owners, marketing agencies, business partners and clients for the mutual benefit of the professional publishing industry and its stakeholders in the region.