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Press freedom in Hong Kong

British right to remind China of Hong Kong ‘two systems’ promise

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 October, 2018, 7:02pm
UPDATED : Monday, 08 October, 2018, 7:02pm

As a Hong Kong-born person and a returnee with overseas permanent residence, I am completely disappointed and ashamed at recent events (“Backlash as Hong Kong denies visa renewal for Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet”, October 5). Despite Beijing’s assurance under the Joint Declaration that there would be “no change” to Hong Kong’s capitalist system and way of life for 50 years after the handover, the fact is, as we have seen from many incidents, the central government has been meddling in the city’s policy.

While I will not comment on whether independence for Hong Kong should be advocated or not, the British government is right to remind Beijing and the international community that “Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and its press freedoms are central to its way of life, and must be fully respected” under “one country, two systems”.

Of course, what the Chinese government has been doing is “killing the chicken to warn the monkeys”. However, this latest move is simply shocking – if not terrifying – as Hong Kong people are not monkeys but human beings with the capacity to think critically.

The authorities have gone too far this time. I hope Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor would care to say something to reassure us.

Lawrence Choi, Tuen Mun