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FT journalist denied visa renewal in Hong Kong

Decision believed to be first rejection by local authorities of foreign correspondent

The Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong. Victor Mallet is the club's vice-president.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Financial Times) -- The Hong Kong government has rejected the visa renewal application of the Financial Times' top news editor in Asia, the first time an FT journalist has had such accreditation denied by local authorities.

Victor Mallet, a veteran foreign correspondent who has run the FT's news operations in Asia for almost two years, applied to renew his work visa last month but his application was rejected, without any explanation.

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