Media facilitates search for truth or spreads fake news?

22nd Lions Youth Exchange English Essay Competition

Media Facilitates Search For Truth Or Spreads Fake News?

The marketplace of ideas is essential to facilitate the search for truth and uninhibited, robust and wide-open debate on public issues, promote an informed citizenry, and to hold institutions and individuals to account. 

A free press should tell the truth. But “What is truth?” “What is fake news?” “Who decides what is true? And who should compel the press to “tell the truth?”

Who is to blame? The media, the audience, the teachers, the parents or the government?


  • Eligibility: Students of Secondary 4, 5 and 6
  • No. of Words: Not more than 1200 words
  • Essay Deadline: 23:59 on 18th February 2022
  • Interview: 19th March 2022
  • Final Presentation: 9th April 2022
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Full Exchange Scholarship to join one Youth Exchange Camp organized by the Lions Clubs in over 100 cities covering flight ticket and camp fee at the maximum amount specified below:

  • 1st Prize: HK$ 15,000
  • 2nd Prize: HK$ 12,000
  • 3rd Prize: HK$ 10,000
  • 4th Prize: HK$ 7,000
  • 5th to 10th Prizes: HK$ 5,000 each

An exchange scholarship will usually be forfeited if an exchange scholar cannot participate in an exchange programme in the year of the award. The Organizers may allow an extension for 2 years if the pandemic continue in 2022. The Organizers reserves the right of final decision.

Additional Gifts to Top 10 Finalists:

  1. Top 10 Award Certificate; and 
  2. One $500 cash coupon each from Satayking Restaurants and da Bino Hot Pot Restaurant.

11th – 50th Finalists:

  1. Certificates of Merit.

    Certificate holders will be endorsed to participate at their own cost in any Lions international youth exchange held in about 100 cities worldwide. Priority will be given to them if an international exchange camp is held in Hong Kong. Acceptance to an exchange overseas is subject to final approval of the organizer overseas. 

  2. One $100 cash coupon each from Satayking Restaurants and da Bino Hot Pot Restaurant.