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    Hong Kong Bars British Journalist

    Victor Mallet, Asia news editor for the Financial Times, was denied re-entry to the semi-autonomous region yesterday, prompting fears that Hong Kong is increasingly cracking down on free speech. Last month, authorities refused to renew Mallet’s work visa after he hosted a panel at the territory’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club featuring the leader of a recently banned political party. The newspaper says it hasn’t received an explanation, while Hong Kong’s secretary of security, John Lee, said Thursday’s refusal had “nothing to do with freedom of expression.”

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