Setback for press freedom
– 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. – AFP