China

Hong Kong Journalist Denied Entry To Macau For Not Writing “Chinese” As His Nationality On Arrival Form

800px-hongkongers_hope_free_entry_to_macau_before_sede_do_governo_de_macau

Hong Kong protesters demand free entry to Macau in front of the government headquarters (image by sdee via Wikimedia Commons)

On September 15 a Hong Kong journalist was denied entry to neighbouring Macau for constituting a “threat to internal security and stability” in accordance with the Internal Security Law.

According to Chinese media reports, on September 15 a Hong Kong journalist from Truth Media Hong Kong (TMHK) travelled to Macau to report on the legislative elections that were to take place two days later.

When he arrived at the immigration desk, he was asked by Public Security Police officers to follow them into a room to fill in a form. The form included questions about the names of his parents, his marital status, profession and address.

After he had filled in the form, an officer told him that the nationality he had declared was “not correct.” The journalist had written “Hong Kong” instead of “Hong Kong, China”. The officer pointed out that “Hong Kong is a region, not a country.” The journalist was then informed that he could not enter Macau and was asked to sign a “notice of denial of entry” on grounds that the journalist constituted a “threat to internal security and stability”.

When he asked whether he was permanently banned from entering Macau, the journalist was told that he should call the police after a few days to ask for further information.

Asked by reporters about the incident, Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui said that he had not been briefed on the details of the case, but reiterated that Macau’s public security forces “operate according to the law.”

Chinese media claimed that “the majority of netizens” from Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China “commended Macau’s dignified actions to protect national security” and “praised the Macau police.”

Hong Kong and Macau, both former Western colonies, are Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. The Basic Laws of the SARs guarantee more freedoms than enjoyed by residents of mainland China, but human rights have been increasingly challenged by Beijing’s attempts to implement national security legislation and introduce ‘patriotic education‘ in the Regions.

In a statement TMHK condemned the Macau authorities for repeatedly denying entry to reporters and urged them to stop restricting the freedom of journalists to travel to Macau.


Support this website

If you want to support our website, you may want to take a look at our literary translations. Currently available are:

Yu Dafu: Breeze of a Spring Evening and other Stories

Feng Menglong: The Oil Vendor and the Queen of Flowers

Mu Shiying: Craven A and other Stories

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s