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'Mallet's second visit was to embarrass govt'

2018-11-28 HKT 18:46
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  • Elsie Leung says Victor Mallet's attempt to enter the city as a visitor was aimed to challenge the authority of the immigration department. Photo: RTHK
    Elsie Leung says Victor Mallet's attempt to enter the city as a visitor was aimed to challenge the authority of the immigration department. Photo: RTHK
Former Justice Secretary Elsie Leung said on Wednesday that British journalist Victor Mallet was challenging local authorities when he wanted to come back to Hong Kong as a tourist earlier this month.

The Financial Times editor was not allowed to enter the city.

The immigration department had earlier decided not to renew his visa to work here. Critics said the decision was an attack on Hong Kong's fundamental values like press freedom.

Many pro-government supporters had linked Mallet to the Foreign Correspondents' Club decision to host a talk by independent activist Chan Ho-tin in August. Mallet was the club's acting president at that time.

Speaking after taking part in an online programme, Leung said Mallet had already been given a week to pack up his things in Hong Kong after the working visa refusal last month.

"Still he makes the application. That means he just do that for the purpose of embarrassing the government. And also to challenge the authority of the immigration department," she said.

Leung said Mallet should have known he’s not ‘welcomed’ here, even though he holds a British passport, which usually entitles holders to enter the city for up to six months at a time.