Hong Kong Denies Visa Renewal to FT Editor

In an unprecedented move, Hong Kong has rejected the visa renewal application of a foreign correspondent, Financial Times’ Asia news editor and Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong first vice president Victor Mallet. If unreversed, the decision would effectively result in Mallet’s expulsion from Hong Kong, and represents increasingly tight controls on Hong Kong’s press freedoms. Ben Bland at the Financial Times reports: The FCC [Foreign Correspondents’ Club] said it was “deeply concerned” about the Read More …

Missing Interpol President Reported Detained in China

French authorities are investigating the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, the Interpol president and Chinese vice minister for Public Security whose appointment to the former, largely ceremonial role sparked concern among rights groups in 2016. From AP’s Lori Hinnant and Christopher Bodeen: Meng Hongwei’s wife reported Friday that she had not heard from her 64-year-old husband since he left Lyon, France, where Interpol is based, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide Read More …

UK-Based CCTV Reporter Accused of Assault Released

Kong Linlin, a London-based reporter with Chinese state broadcaster’s English-language China Global Television Network (CGTN), was taken away by police after assaulting a volunteer during Sunday’s annual UK Conservative Party conference in Birmingham where an event looking at “the erosion of freedom” in Hong Kong was held. Kong heckled the speakers, calling them “puppets and fake Chinese” before slapping a volunteer when he asked her to leave. Kong was released without charge on Monday, pending Read More …

Xianzi & Classmate Maishao: #MeToo Makes Us Believe Gentleness Can Change the World

In late July, as the #MeToo movement was gaining momentum in China after a slow start, a woman known by her online moniker Xianzi wrote a blog post detailing sexual harassment she had been subjected to while working as an intern for prominent CCTV host Zhu Jun. A report from Hollywood Reporter at the time said: In the blog post, the writer says she was an intern on CCTV’s Artistic Life and was one day Read More …

Teacher’s Lawsuit Renews Push for LGBT Rights

A kindergarten teacher in Qingdao is taking a local school to court for firing him over his sexual orientation. This is the first case of its kind and is expected to have a substantial impact on legal protection for LGBT groups in China. Christian Shepard at Reuters reports: The teacher was dismissed in August from a school in the coastal city of Qingdao after he posted some comment on social media about an LGBT event Read More …