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No surprise reporter’s visa was refused

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It’s painful to watch so many sanctimonious, self-appointed critics working overtime after the Hong Kong government decided not to renew the work visa of a foreign reporter. Frankly, what did he and his supporters expect?

As its acting head, Victor Mallet invited a Hong Kong separatist, Andy Chan Ho-tin, to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club to make a case for independence. Disclosure: I am a member of the club and am most concerned about its lease with the government, which could be affected as a result.

It’s possible the veteran Financial Times journalist didn’t get his visa for reasons completely unrelated to the Andy Chan controversy; in which case we are all talking nonsense. But for argument’s sake, let’s ignore that possibility for now.

Mallet claimed it was a legally protected exercise in free speech.........

© South China Morning Post