Journalists Hit Out At Visa Denial to Foreign Correspondents’ Club Official

By Wong Lok-to, Radio Free Asia

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 5 October 2018
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Authorities in Hong Kong have rejected the visa renewal application of a Financial Times journalist who chaired a speaking event Continue reading “Journalists Hit Out At Visa Denial to Foreign Correspondents’ Club Official”

Britain not ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong politics, top UK diplomat says, as he reaffirms country’s commitment to city’s special status

Strengthening trade ties and remaining true to handover agreement at heart of Britain’s approach to region, adviser to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says

By Tony Cheung, SCMP

This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 17 September 2018
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London’s interest in Hong Kong should not be seen as a “threat or interference” in Chinese sovereignty, a top British diplomat has said.

Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary Continue reading “Britain not ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong politics, top UK diplomat says, as he reaffirms country’s commitment to city’s special status”

Journalist visa refusal seen as body blow for Hong Kong press freedom

FT editor’s visa ban linked to talk he hosted in August with independence activist

By Clifford Coonan , The Irish Times

This article first appeared in The Irish Times on 9 October 2018
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When Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet flew home to Hong Kong this week, he was given seven days to pack his things and quit the territory. Days earlier, immigration authorities decided not to extend Continue reading “Journalist visa refusal seen as body blow for Hong Kong press freedom”

Top lawyers demand Hong Kong government explain legal basis for denying British journalist’s visa

Chairwoman of the Bar Association’s committee for constitutional affairs and human rights says the authorities should explain the legal basis for denying a work visa for Victor Mallet, the Asia news editor for the Financial Times

By Alvin Lum, SCMP

This article first appeared in SCMP on 9 October 2018
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Hong Kong’s top lawyers have questioned the government’s legal basis to deny a British journalist’s work visa, saying a controversial talk he moderated happened one month before the speaker’s pro-independence party was officially outlawed.

The group of lawyers, including Po Wing-kay, the chairwoman of Continue reading “Top lawyers demand Hong Kong government explain legal basis for denying British journalist’s visa”

Hong Kong’s move against free speech

De facto expulsion of the FT’s Asia news editor sends a chilling message

This article first appeared in Financial Times on 8 October 2018
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For more than two decades, citizens and residents in the former British colony of Hong Kong have enjoyed a wide range of freedoms and Continue reading “Hong Kong’s move against free speech”