About SOPA

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) is a Hong Kong-based not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1982 to champion freedom of the press, promote excellence in journalism and endorse best practices for publishers operating  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.  


亞洲出版業協會(The Society of Publishers in Asia簡稱SOPA)是1982年成立於香港的非牟利組織,旨在維護亞太地區新聞自由,表彰卓越新聞內容以及推廣出版專業。亞洲出版業協會為亞太區的傳播媒體發聲,每年舉辦的「卓越新聞獎」為亞太區新聞界的重要專業獎項。


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


Danielle McGuigan


Senior Manager
Communications & Brand Partnerships
Financial Times


Sunita Rajan


Managing Director,
APAC Media Sales & Marketing
Bloomberg Media


Desiree Au

Honorary Treasurer

Vogue Hong Kong


Peter Murray

Honorary Secretary

Commercial Director APAC
Reuters Professional
Thomson Reuters

Christopher Ellis

Christopher Ellis

VP & Head of Asia-Pacific
Partnerships & Licensing
Dow Jones


Juliet Labog-Javellana

Associate Publisher
Philippine Daily Inquirer


Michael Mainville

Asia-Pacific Regional Director
Agence France-Presse


Viki Min

Economist Impact


Dietrich Neu

Managing Director (BK Magazine & Soimilk)
Thailand Country Head (Coconuts Media)


Jorge Noguchi

Executive Director
Head of Advertising APAC
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.