Hong Kong Denies New Work Visa to The Economist’s Journalist
(Bloomberg) -- The Economist magazine said Hong Kong immigration authorities declined to renew the employment visa of one of its journalists and didn’t provide a reason for the rejection.
“We urge the government of Hong Kong to maintain access for the foreign press, which is vital to the territory’s standing as an international city,” said Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist. “We regret their decision, which was given without explanation.”
The Hong Kong government’s immigration department said it will not comment on individual cases and acts in accordance with laws and policies when handling each application.
Earlier this month, a survey published by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club found nearly half of Hong Kong-based journalists said they were considering leaving the city due to a decline in press freedom under the national security law. Some 84% of journalists said working conditions in the Asian financial hub had declined under the law, with 56% saying they’d engaged in self-censorship since its passage.
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