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身兼香港外國記者會副主席的《金融時報》亞洲新聞編輯 Victor Mallet，被香港政府拒絕工作簽證續期申請，此舉顯
【Statement on Hong Kong refuses working visa renewal for editor of Financial Times】
The Hong Kong government refused to renew the working visa application of Victor Mallet, the Financial Times’ Asia News Editor who has also served as the vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club(FCC) – a decision which was evidently the result of the Hong Kong government being pressured by Beijing after the forum of Andy Ho-Tin Chan which the FCC hosted.
Demosisto believes that denying a working visa to a foreign journalist for political censorship is an isolationist policy, This action is not only a serious infringement of freedom of press, it can also create a worrying precedent for those who need a working visa to stay in Hong Kong, as they may now have to adhere to the Beijing line of politics in order to obtain one.
As the tension between China and the USA intensified, such decisions to censor journalistic work will only diminish Hong Kong’s position in the midst of the trade war. Should the British decide to review the Sino-British Joint Declaration, or the Americans plan to modify the US-Hong Kong Policy Act, leading to Hong Kong suffering economically, the blame would be and should be put on Beijing’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hong Kong government.
This dangerous precedent may deter journalists from reporting oppositional opinions to that of the government. Demosisto worries that Hong Kong, a city which celebrates diversity and international exchange, is now degrading to just another town under Mainland China.
In view of this serious situation, we will be sending members to Geneva to lobby next week during the upcoming UN Universal Periodic Review pre-session, and discuss the incident with representatives from other Member States. The Beijing authorities need to respond now more than ever to its decision to suppress press freedom in Hong Kong, as its state of human rights is being evaluated on by other Member States in the upcoming session, as is its duty as a member of the United Nations.