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Hong Kong authorities deny visa to Economist journalist

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Immigration authorities didn’t instantly reply to an e mail request for remark.

Hong Kong authorities declined to resume a visa for a overseas journalist working for The Economist with none clarification, the journal mentioned.

Sue-Lin Wong, who’s Australian, was primarily based in Hong Kong and lined China and the southern semi-autonomous metropolis.

“We regret their decision….. 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,” Zanny Minton Beddoes, The Economist’s editor-in-chief, mentioned in an announcement on Friday.

Immigration authorities didn’t instantly reply to an e mail request for remark. Phone calls to the data workplace outdoors of enterprise hours went unanswered.

Many have anxious in regards to the erosion of press freedom in a metropolis that was as soon as a bastion for it.

Last week, a survey by the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club discovered almost half its members have been contemplating leaving town. They mentioned they have been involved a few decline in press freedoms beneath a sweeping nationwide safety regulation imposed by Beijing following large anti-government protests in 2019.

“Very sad I won’t be able to continue reporting from Hong Kong. I loved getting to know the city and its people. I will miss you all,” Ms. Wong mentioned in a message posted on Twitter.

Ms. Wong beforehand labored for the Financial Times and Reuters in China.

In August final yr, Hong Kong immigration authorities denied a visa to Aaron Mc Nicholas, an incoming editor for Hong Kong Free Press, an impartial information outlet, with out giving a motive.

In June, Apple Daily, the Chinese-language tabloid backed by pro-democracy billionaire Jimmy Lai, was pressured to close down after police froze $2.3 million of its property, searched its workplace and arrested 5 prime editors and executives. Police additionally accused the people of overseas collusion to hazard nationwide safety.

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