What Hong Kong’s expulsion of a foreign journalist tells us about leader Carrie Lam’s woes

The Hong Kong government likes to deliver bad news on Fridays, and this week was no exception. HKFP revealed the bombshell on Friday afternoon that the local authorities had denied The Financial Times‘ Asia editor Victor Mallet a work visa, without offering any explanation. The rejection – confirmed by the paper – came weeks after Mallet moderated a talk by pro-independence activist Andy Chan Ho-tin at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, for which the British journalist serves as first vice president.