The FCC is shocked and baffled that the government of Hong Kong has denied entry to Victor Mallet, Asia news editor for The Financial Times and 1st Vice-President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
Since the Hong Kong government refused to renew Mallet’s work visa in early October, the FCC has been asking for a reasonable explanation, to no avail.
The FCC is now reiterating its demand for an immediate explanation for this aggravated and disproportionate sanction that seems completely unfounded.
This action places journalists working in Hong Kong in an opaque environment in which fear and self-censorship may replace the freedom and confidence essential to a free society, and guaranteed by the Basic Law.
Hong Kong, 9 November 2018