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Hong Kong refusal of FT visa seen as retaliation

Editor hosted lecture by pro-independence advocate

HONG KONG -- The government of Hong Kong has taken the extraordinary step of refusing a visa application by a correspondent for the British daily the Financial Times, in a move likely connected to the reporter's ties to a pro-independence political party banned by the territory.

"The Hong Kong authorities have rejected an application to renew the work visa of Victor Mallet, Asia news editor at the Financial Times," the paper said in a statement published Friday. "This is the first time we have encountered this situation in Hong Kong. We have not been given a reason for the rejection."

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