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Hong Kong journalist group protests FT editor's visa denial

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Hong Kong groups have expressed dismay over the government's refusal to renew a work visa for a

Representatives from the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club, and other journalism advocacy groups gathered at the Central Government Offices on Monday and handed a letter of protest to a

"We are shocked and deeply concerned over the decision by the Hong Kong authorities to refuse a work visa renewal for Victor Mallet, for the Financial Times," said of the

He said the denial of a visa to Mallet "sets a terrible precedent for Hong Kong's reputation as a place where the rule of law applies and where freedom of speech is protected by law."

has defended its decision to deny a new work visa for Mallet, who is of the Authorities have criticized the club for hosting a talk in August by the of a now-banned pro-Hong Kong independence party.

Hong Kong was promised semi-autonomy for 50 years as part of its 1997 handover from British rule, allowing it to retain its limited democracy and rights to assembly and free speech that are denied on the Chinese mainland.

Rights groups have called the visa rejection the latest sign of Beijing's expanding restrictions on the territory, including legal cases brought against pro-democracy legislators and organizers of large-scale anti-government protests in 2014.

The London-based said in a statement that it was given no reason why Mallet's application was rejected.

Other groups that protested the decision included the Hong Kong Independent Commentators Association, of Journalist, for Press Freedom and

The is an institution dating back more than 75 years ago to when Hong Kong was a British colony.

At the August 14 talk at the FCC, Mallet introduced by acknowledging official criticism while citing the territory's tolerance for dissent.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 14:10 IST