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July 29, 2011
Aussie AIPS member Martin Li wins prestigious community award

SBS Radio Mandarin journalist Martin Li with NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir.
SYDNEY, July 29, 2011 - AIPS member Martin Li, Mandarin program journalist with Australia's Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Radio received a Golden Wattle Award Monday.

Li was awarded the Golden Wattle for his extraordinary contribution to the Chinese language media and Australian-Chinese multicultural society.

"[Li's] high quality and comprehensive broadcasting works are always in [an] innovative format and [have] deep insight, which has gained international recognition and acclaims from both Chinese language linguists, prestigious media scholars and the public,” said Golden Leo, Vice President of the Golden Wattle Awards Organizing Committee.

Serving as a broadcaster and journalist for SBS Radio’s Mandarin program over the past decade, Li has contributed much in building a bridge linking mainstream society with the Chinese community in Australia.

The prestigious awards, given by the Australian Chinese Youth Federation [ACYF], recognizes the achievements of the top ten outstanding Australian-Chinese youth each year.

Some of Li's recent work in the world of major sports events include the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.

His coverage in Guangzhou was recognized internationally by the French Associated Press, Reuters, the Australian Associated Press and BBC following a question to OCA President, Ahmad Fahd regarding the possibility of Australia participating in the Asian Games as a member of OCA.

Li, who holds a degree in law and a masters of commerce, believes journalism is the great responsibility of the objective and independent coverage.

"To tonight’s award recipients, congratulations on your magnificent accomplishment. You can feel justifiably proud of your efforts," said Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Representatives of Gillard and Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott, the Governor of NSW Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO and more than 150 distinguished guests attended the special award ceremony.

*Edited by Kimiya Shokoohi

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