A candidate in Taiwan’s imminent parliamentary elections has had his Hong Kong visa application denied for a second time after being invited to join a news programme at CNN’s regional headquarters in the city. Huang Kuo-chang, a New Power Party candidate running in next week’s Legislative Yuan polls, posted a message on his Facebook page on Tuesday saying that he was invited by join a CNN programme hosted by anchor Kristie Lu Stout. “I admire this famous CNN anchor, and the theme was meaningful, so I was going to agree to that,” Huang said. “However, the programme would be produced in Hong Kong, and my visa application was denied […] in 2014; I just tried to apply once again, and I was still denied entry.”
In June 2014, Huang planned to join the annual July 1 protest march along with Taiwanese student leaders Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting. All three had their visa applications denied then.
Huang, a legal scholar and one of the leaders of the student-led Sunflower Movement that occupied Taiwan’s legislature for 23 days in 2014, said that he felt “very disappointed.”