Financial Times editor barred from Hong Kong
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 semiautonomous Chinese territory’s civil liberties.
The paper reported that Victor Mallet was turned away at the border on Thursday after being questioned. He had sought to enter as a visitor.
Mallet’s visa rejection in October came 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.