The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong is deeply concerned over the decision to refuse a work visa renewal for Victor Mallet, the Financial Times’ Asia News Editor. The FCC is expecting a full explanation from the Hong Kong authorities for this extraordinary move, which is extremely rare, if not unprecedented.
Mr Mallet has been a journalist for the Financial Times and Reuters for more than 30 years, and this is his second stint in Hong Kong. He first joined the FCC in 2003. He has served as the Club’s First Vice-President since 2017.
Hong Kong rightly prides itself on its reputation as a place where the rule of law applies and where freedom of speech is protected by law. The FCC has been proud to represent and champion that reputation since it moved here in 1949.
In the absence of any reasonable explanation, the FCC calls on the Hong Kong authorities to rescind their decision.
5 October, 2018