Hong Kong’s Backslide on Press Freedom Goes Beyond a British Journalist’s Expulsion

Hong Kong’s Backslide on Press Freedom Goes Beyond a British Journalist’s Expulsion
The Financial Times Asia news editor, Victor Mallet, right, and Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, during a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong, Aug. 14, 2018 (AP photo).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series about press freedom and safety in various countries around the world.

On Friday, Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet was denied entry into Hong Kong, only a month after authorities there declined to renew his work visa, ostensibly in retaliation for Mallet’s involvement in hosting an event that featured a political activist who supports Hong Kong’s independence from China. In an interview with WPR, Cedric Alviani, the East Asia bureau chief for Reporters Without Borders, known as RSF, explains why journalists and observers are increasingly concerned about a push by Chinese authorities to exert greater control over Hong Kong’s media landscape.

World Politics Review: How robust are the norms and institutions protecting journalists in Hong Kong compared with mainland China, and what accounts for this difference?

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