Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Britain condemns Hong Kong's banning of United Kingdom journalist

Hong Kong leader refuses to explain journalist visa denial Hong Kong journalist group protests FT editor’s visa denial
Pablo Mccormick | 10 October, 2018, 09:24

Representatives from the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong Journalists Association and other journalism advocacy groups gathered at the Central Government Offices on Monday and handed a letter of protest to a Hong Kong Government representative.

The decision not to renew Financial Times Asia news editor Victor Mallet's work visa is not the sign of a confident China striding the world stage as a modern 21st century superpower - it is the sign of a petty, spiteful dictatorial clan that places its own survival above everything else. She reiterated comments by other senior Hong Kong officials that authorities wouldn't comment on an individual visa, and the decision was made in accordance with the law.

Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and first vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC), speaks during a luncheon at the FCC in Hong Kong, China, August 14, 2018.

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In the absence of an explanation from the authorities we can only conclude that this move is politically motivated. She gave no further details despite growing local and global pressure for an explanation as to why Mallet has been given seven days to leave the city.

Hong Kong was promised semi-autonomy for 50 years as part of its 1997 handover from British rule, allowing it to retain its limited democracy and rights to assembly and free speech that are denied on the Chinese mainland. Hong Kong's right to protect its legitimate interests was "beyond criticism", he said.

"I'm sorry, I cannot tell you exactly how journalists should say, or act, or interview, but I can assure you. freedom of expression, freedom of reporting, are core values in Hong Kong".

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Confidence in Hong Kong's rights and freedoms is an essential component of its future success.

"I am very grateful to all those who have signed this petition, particularly those from Hong Kong, which has been home to our family for a total of more than seven years", he wrote on Facebook.

China's Foreign Ministry has defended Hong Kong's decision to refuse Mallet's visa.

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