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Press freedom in Hong Kong

Hong Kong visa for Victor Mallet is a ‘one country’, not ‘two systems’ issue

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2018, 12:58pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2018, 12:58pm

I refer to the letter from Lawrence Choi (“British right to remind China of ‘two systems’ promise”, October 9). Most of us in Hong Kong consider it beneath our dignity to seek refuge in a foreign country, and choose to continue living here. As for Mr Victor Mallet of the Financial Times being denied renewal of his work visa, this is not about freedom of speech (“Hong Kong government must clarify its decision not to grant visa to journalist”).

Agitating for independence is a treasonous act, and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, in providing a platform for it, was aiding and abetting a treasonous act. This is a “one country”, not a “two systems”, issue. Aiding and abetting a treasonous act is not freedom.

Foreign investors will not be scared to come here, no more than they are apprehensive about going to mainland China, I guarantee. But it is more than likely that more important Britons than Mr Mallet may also become personae non gratae. Locals taking part in separatist activities should not take their resident status for granted. It is they who have gone too far.

Peter Lok, Heng Fa Chuen