The vice-chairman of Legco's security panel, James To, said on Wednesday that Beijing no doubt had little to do with the government's decision not to renew the work visa of Financial Times Asia editor Victor Mallet.
"It is not easy to understand which authority made the decision, or heavily influenced the decision," he said. "The Immigration Department may consult the Chief Executive r Secretary for Security. But I tend not to believe that a mainland official would directly communicate to the Chief Executive."
To first told RTHK's Janice Wong that he believes the Immigration Department is unlikely to allow Mallet to stay in Hong Kong while an appeal over his work visa is underway.
The Financial Times said overnight that it would appeal against the government's decision not to renew Mallet's visa.
Immigration officials have given no explanation for the refusal, but critics say Mallet is being punished over the controversial FCC talk by a pro-independence advocate in August.
Mallet was issued a seven-day tourist visa when he arrived back in the SAR on Sunday night from an overseas trip.