（編按：香港外國記者會（FCC）17 位前主席昨日（8 日）聯署去信特首林鄭月娥，表示對該會副主席、《金融時報》亞洲新聞編輯馬凱（Victor Mallet）不獲特區政府續發工作簽證深表關注，憂慮香港的新聞自由受到政治威脅，要求政府公開解釋拒發簽證原因。聯署信全文轉載如下。）
The Hon. Carrie Lam
The Chief Executive’s Office, Tamar
Hong Kong S.A.R.
November 9, 2018
Letter from Former Presidents of the Foreign Correspondents Club
We, all former Presidents of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong, are gravely concerned about the Hong Kong government’s denial of a work visa for Financial Times Asia editor Victor Mallet and the implications for Hong Kong’s role as an open, global city where the press — including the foreign media — can continue to operate freely.
Hong Kong has long been respected around the world as a bastion of the rule of law and free speech and was a welcoming place for journalists. The Foreign Correspondents Club, which established itself in Hong Kong in 1949, has always been known as a politically neutral venue where all people and legitimate and legal parties freely express their views, without fear of harassment or official retribution. The FCC over many decades has greatly contributed to Hong Kong’s international reputation as Asia’s most open city, anchored by the rule of law, the free flow of information, and freedom of the press, and this has been demonstrated by the vast number of diverse personalities who have appeared at the Club as guest speakers. The first 21 years under the “One Country, Two Systems” formula gave us grounds for optimism that this tradition would continue.
Absent any public explanation from Hong Kong authorities, we can only surmise this unprecedented action was official retribution against the FCC for hosting a legal event on August 14 with Mr. Andy Chan, whose political party was subsequently banned and whose views are anathema to the Hong Kong authorities and to the Central government in Beijing. We, the former FCC presidents, are deeply concerned that with this action, taken with no stated or apparent legal basis, Hong Kong’s special place as a bastion of free expression and a free press has been eroded, and that the FCC’s role as a respected and neutral venue is under threat. This action throws into doubt the commitment of China to the “One Country, Two Systems” agreement that was to have governed Hong Kong for 50 years after 1997.
We respectfully urge the Hong Kong SAR government to offer a complete public explanation as to the exact reasons for Mr. Mallet’s de facto expulsion. We respectfully request that the Hong Kong authorities publicly and without caveat clarify whether the Foreign Correspondents Club will continue to be respected as a neutral venue where all people and legitimate and legal parties can openly express their views. And we request the Hong Kong government state openly and without reservation whether Hong Kong will remain a place where free speech is protected, where all journalists can work and report freely, and where the rule of law will remain a bedrock foundation.
Kate Pound Dawson
Keith B. Richburg
Ilaria Maria Sala