Britain expresses concern as Financial Times editor refused work visa in Hong Kong

Article 23 of the Basic Law was shelved following massive demonstrations against the Hong Kong government in 2003. Photo: Dickson Lee
Article 23 would be better than current legal uncertainties in Hong Kong AP

Britain demands explanation from Hong Kong over rejection of visa renewal for Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet

In this Aug. 14, 2018, photo, The Financial Times Asia news editor, Victor Mallet speaks during a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong. The Financial Times said Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 that Hong Kong's government has refused to renew the work visa of Mallet, in what human rights activists say is the latest sign of a deteriorating human rights situation in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (Pool Photo via AP)
The Financial Times Asia news editor, Victor Mallet speaks during a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong. Source: Associated Press

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office statement said: “Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and its press freedoms are central to its way of life, and must be fully respected.

Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and its press freedoms are central to its way of life, and must be fully respected – BRITISH FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE

A spokesman for the US consulate in Hong Kong echoed Britain’s concern, saying the denial was “deeply troubling”.

“This decision is especially disturbing because it mirrors problems faced by international journalists on the mainland and appears inconsistent with the principles enshrined in the Basic Law,” the spokesman said on Saturday, referring to Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.

 

 

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