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Financial Times journalist barred from entering Hong Kong

Crackdown against independence activists raises free speech concerns

Victor Mallet, right, a Financial Times journalist, speaks with Andy Chan, founder of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong on Aug. 14.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong refused entry to a Financial Times editor on Thursday after denying him an extension to his work visa back in October.

Victor Mallet, the FT's Asia news editor seeking entrance as a visitor, was turned away at the border after several hours of questioning. The Hong Kong government has not explained why, but it was likely motivated by a speech by an independence activist at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club, where Mallet was acting president at the time.

Hong Kong has been cracking down against the pro-independence movement, even banning political groups that advocate for a break from mainland China.

"Freedom of expression, of publication and of the press are fundamental factors to Hong Kong's success," the Hong Kong Journalists Association said Friday in a statement condemning the government's decision.

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