Victor Mallet and Hong Kong FCC should have known that free speech is never absolute
How often do we get to see politicians freely speaking their minds, to the truth of their own conscience? There is no absolute freedom of speech in politics. Every place, every county has its own red lines in politics. Crossing those red lines means political suicide. These lines limit the degree of freedom of speech in politics (“What did Victor Mallet and his defenders think would happen?” October 13).
In Hong Kong, that red line is sovereignty.
When Victor Mallet offered the Foreign Correspondents’ Club as a venue for Andy Chan Ho-tin to advocate his independence-seeking thoughts, he allowed the FCC stage to be used, de facto, by Chan as a political platform. That red line was crossed.
Journalists try to push the envelope on coverage in the name of freedom of speech. But they must also know once the red line in politics of the host country is crossed, they face the cost of the consequence. There is no absolute freedom of speech in politics and that applies to any country in this world.
H.H. Fung, North Point