HK lawmakers walkout over media freedoms at city leader’s policy address

Chris Yeung, chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalist Association, speaks to journalists outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. (AFP pic)

HONG KONG: Hong Kong lawmakers protested in support of media freedoms on Wednesday ahead of city leader Carrie Lam’s annual policy address laying out policy priorities for the coming year.

Hong Kong last week denied a work visa renewal for a British journalist working for the Financial Times newspaper, in an unprecedented case that has tarnished the city’s image and stoked diplomatic outrage.

Chanting “Protect media freedoms” and holding placards that said “Free Press. Not Persecution”, more than a dozen pro-democracy lawmakers staged a walkout from the city’s legislative council.