Set­back for press free­dom

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

Hong Kong – Rights cam­paign­ers yes­ter­day de­nounced Hong Kong’s bar­ring of a se­nior Fi­nan­cial Times (FT) jour­nal­ist as an­other blow to press free­dom in the city, which has come un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure from an as­sertive China.

Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials’ re­fusal to let in the FT’s Asia news ed­i­tor, Vic­tor Mal­let, on Thurs­day came hours af­ter an arts cen­tre host­ing the city’s high-pro­file lit­er­ary fes­ti­val can­celled ap­pear­ances by ex­iled Chi­nese writer Ma Jian.

The lit­er­ary fes­ti­val an­nounced on Thurs­day Ma’s talks would be hosted at the cen­tral An­nex ex­hi­bi­tion space, but the venue said it would not host him.

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