No en­try for FT Asia ed­i­tor

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

The Asia ed­i­tor of the Fi­nan­cial Times has been re­fused en­try to Hong Kong, weeks af­ter he was de­nied a new work visa in what crit­ics call an omi­nous sign of Bei­jing en­croach­ing on the Chi­nese ter­ri­tory’s civil lib­er­ties.

The news­pa­per re­ported that Vic­tor Mal­let was turned away at the bor­der on Thurs­day af­ter be­ing ques­tioned for sev­eral hours. He had sought to en­ter as a vis­i­tor.

Mr Mal­let’s visa re­jec­tion in Oc­to­ber came shortly af­ter he hosted a talk at the Hong Kong For­eign Cor­re­spon­dents Club by the head of a now-banned po­lit­i­cal party ad­vo­cat­ing the fi­nan­cial hub’s in­de­pen­dence from China.

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