Hong Kong refuses entry to British journalist Victor Mallet
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Hong Kong - Financial Times Asia editor Victor Mallet was
denied entry into Hong Kong late Thursday, a month after he was
forced to leave the autonomous Chinese city when the government
declined to renew his work visa, the newspaper said.
The British journalist, who was trying to enter with a tourist visa,
was "was turned away at the border after several hours of questioning
by immigration officers," the Financial Times reported.
Mallet was denied a work visa renewal in October without explanation
although it is widely believed to be believed to have been a
punishment for chairing a talk a pro-independence activist at the
Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) in August.
In a letter to Hong Kong's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, 17 of
the club's former presidents renewed calls on Thursday for an
official explanation as to why Mallet was denied the work visa.
The group said it was "deeply concerned with this action, taken with
no stated or apparent legal basis" in the first incident of its kind
against a journalist since Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty
They also said that "absent any public explanation from Hong Kong
authorities, we can only surmise this unprecedented action was
official retribution against the FCC" for hosting the activist.
Hong Kong's immigration department has stated previously that it does
not comment on individual cases.
Lam has held a similar line, most recently in Japan last week where
she was asked about Mallet, and says the city continues to champion