2018-10-08

【立場新聞】全文轉載:【馬凱被拒續證】促政府審視決定 法律界選委:前所未有 對香港新聞自由影響深遠 (1507)


(編按:外國記者會第一副主席馬凱被特區政府拒續工作簽證,全體30名法律界選委今日發表聲明,懇請香港政府就拒絕馬凱先生工作簽證的申請再認真審視。聲明認為,事件前所未有,對香港新聞自由有深遠影響。)

Joint Statement of the Legal EC on Rejection of Visa Renewal for Financial Times Journalist Victor Mallet
全體法律界選委就金融時報亞洲新聞編輯馬凱(Victor Mallet)不獲續發簽證之聯合聲明

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We make this Joint Statement to express our concern over the Hong Kong government’s recent rejection of an application for renewal of work visa by the Financial Times’ Asia news editor, Mr Victor Mallet, who had been working in Hong Kong since October 2016. According to Financial Times report, this is “the first time an FT journalist has had such accreditation denied by local authorities”, and no reason had been given for the rejection. 

At this stage, the Hong Kong government has not offered any explanation for its rejection of Mr Mallet’s visa renewal application. We would not speculate on the reason behind such rejection, but we do wish to point out that such rejection calls for an explanation in light of its unprecedented nature and its profound impact on Hong Kong’s press freedom. 

Freedom of the press is an important facet of the right to freedom of expression, a fundamental right enshrined in Article 16 of the Hong Kong Bill of Rights, which implements Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”). As the United Nations Human Rights Committee explained in General Comment 34 (on Article 19 of ICCPR) at paragraph 13: 

"A free, uncensored and unhindered press or other media is essential in any society to ensure freedom of opinion and expression and the enjoyment of other Covenant rights. It constitutes one of the cornerstones of a democratic society. The Covenant embraces a right whereby the media may receive information on the basis of which it can carry out its function. The free communication of information and ideas about public and political issues between citizens, candidates and elected representatives is essential. This implies a free press and other media able to comment on public issues without censorship or restraint and to inform public opinion. The public also has a corresponding right to receive media output.” 

We urge the Hong Kong government to seriously reconsider the rejection of Mr Victor Mallet’s visa renewal application and, in the unfortunate event that the government decides to maintain such rejection, adequate reasons should be given.

我們為最近香港政府拒絕金融時報亞洲新聞的編輯,馬凱先生的工作簽證申請作出聯署聲明,以表我等的關注。馬凱先生自2016年已一直在香港工作。根據金融時報的報導,這是「第一次金融時報的記者被當地政府拒絕簽證」,亦不知拒絕理由。

在此階段,香港政府並未有為拒絕馬凱的簽證申請作出任何解釋。我們不會猜想背後的原因,但我們希望指出這拒絕的決定在前所未有及對香港新聞自由有深遠影響的情況下,應得到一個完滿的解釋。

新聞自由是言論自由的重要一面,是在為執行公民權利和政治權利國際公約(《公約》)第19條而訂立的香港人權法案第16條奉行的基本權利。如聯合國人權委員會在一般意見34(應用於《公約》第19條)第13段所述:

「在任何一個確保見解和言論自由以及享有《公約》其他權利的社會中,自由、不受審查和妨礙的新聞或其他媒體都是極為重要的。它是構建民主社會的基石。《公約》包含了媒體可以獲得其履行職能所依據的信息的權利。公民、候選人和當選代表之間就公共和政治問題自由交流信息和交換意見至關重要。這意味著自由的新聞或其他媒體可以在不受新聞檢查或限制的情況下,對公共問題發表意見並發表公眾意見。公眾還享有相應的獲得媒體產出的權利。」

我們懇請香港政府就拒絕馬凱先生工作簽證的申請再認真審視。如不幸地維持原本的決定,政府必須提供充份的理由。 

陳景生 Chan King Sang Edward SC
戴啟思 Dykes Philip John SC
梁家傑 Leong Kah Kit Alan SC
夏偉志 Harris Graham Anthony SC
彭耀鴻 Pang Yiu Hung Robert SC
潘熙 Pun Hei Hectar SC
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張惠儀 Cheung Wai Yee Betty
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何俊仁 Ho Chun Yan Albert
郭憬憲 Kwok King Hin Douglas
林洋鋐 Lam Kenneth
廖成利 Liu Sing Lee Bruce 
文浩正 Man Ho Ching Jonathan
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潘淑瑛 Poon Suk Ying Debora
石書銘 Shek Randy Shu Ming
譚俊傑 Tam Chun Kit Jeffrey
韋智達 Vidler Michael John
黃鶴鳴 Wong Hok Ming Alan
王學今 Wong Huk Kam
黃國桐 Wong Kwok Tung Daniel 
黃瑞紅 Wong Shui Hung Linda
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葉海琅 Yip Hoi Long Richard
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