A petition demanding an explanation from Hong Kong authorities as to why the work visa of FCC Vice President Victor Mallet was not renewed has been created by the Alliance of Hong Kong Media.
Mallet, Asia editor for the Financial Times, was refused the visa without explanation from Hong Kong immigration.
The Alliance of Hong Kong Media said: “Refusing a visa in this case, to a bona fide journalist working for one of the world’s leading newspapers, sets a terrible precedent for Hong Kong’s reputation as a place where the rule of law applies and where freedom of speech is protected by law.”
It added: “In the absence of any reasonable explanation, we call on the authorities to rescind their decision and allow Mr Mallet to continue to work for the Financial Times in Hong Kong and serve as FCC First Vice President.”
Sign the petition here.
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