The Financial Times Asia news editor, Victor Mallet speaks during a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong. On Nov 9, Mallet was denied entry into Hong Kong, a month after he was forced to leave the autonomous Chinese city. File picture: Pool Photo via AP
The Financial Times Asia news editor, Victor Mallet speaks during a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong. On Nov 9, Mallet was denied entry into Hong Kong, a month after he was forced to leave the autonomous Chinese city. File picture: Pool Photo via AP

Hong Kong refuses entry to British journalist Victor Mallet

Time of article published Nov 9, 2018

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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

in 1997.

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

free speech.

dpa

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