Authorities in Hong Kong have rejected the visa renewal application of a Financial Times journalist who chaired a speaking event featuring a pro-independence politician at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) in August, effectively barring him from working in the city.
“The Hong Kong authorities have rejected an application to renew the work visa of Victor Mallet, Asia news editor at the Financial Times,” the newspaper said in a statement. “This is the first time we have encountered this situation in Hong Kong. We have not been given a reason for the rejection.”
Mallet was acting president of the FCC in August when the club invited Andy Chan, who heads the now-banned pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), to speak at a lunch event.