ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
Business trends

Foreign companies in Hong Kong warn on free speech crackdown

Business leaders fear damage to city's competitiveness

Hong Kong authorities have denied a visa extension to a longtime journalist at the Financial Times, raising concerns over press freedom in the territory. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's international business community is warning that authorities' recent moves to crack down on free speech could hamper the city's competitiveness. But many executives acknowledge they will not decamp while Hong Kong remains Asia's most important financial hub.

The Hong Kong government's recent decisions to reject the visa renewal of a foreign journalist and to ban a pro-independence party "raises real concerns for the international business community as to whether this will become the thin end of the wedge," said George Cautherley, managing director of health care products company, HCD Holdings.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more