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Macau bans Hong Kong Hato reporters

2017-08-26 HKT 19:07
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Michelle Chan reports
Macau on Saturday denied entry to four Hong Kong journalists. They had travelled there to cover the aftermath of Typhoon Hato, which last Wednesday caused the deaths of at least 10 people in the former Portuguese colony. The immigration authorities said the reporters posed a threat to the city's internal security and stability.

The four journalists included South China Morning Post photographer Felix Wong, two reporters from Apple Daily and one from HK01. Ma Io Kun - the commissioner of the Public Security Police is reported as saying the ban was lawful and had nothing to do with the visitors' occupations.

But authorities there are under pressure. The storm caused widespread damage, power-cuts, and affected the water supply.

On Thursday, Macau's Chief Executive Fernando Chui had to make a public apology, while his weather bureau chief resigned. The PLA was later called in to help with the clean-up.

The decision was criticised by editors, the Hong Kong Journalists Association, and the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

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Last updated: 2017-08-26 HKT 20:28