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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Ian Pooler


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HR front urges people not to be provoked by hammer attack   Listenfacebook
The Civil Human Rights Front has called on supporters not to consider taking revenge for an attack on the group's convenor, Jimmy Sham, by hammer-wielding thugs in Mong Kok on Wednesday night. Sham himself has urged people not to bear hatred towards others who have also been suppressed, and not to dwell on the reported ethnicity of the attackers. He said the crux of the problem lies with the unjust regime. The front has organised most of the massive and mostly-peaceful anti-government marches that Hong Kong has seen in the past four months. It is planning to hold another one this Sunday in Tsim Sha Tsui. Janice Wong asked the group's vice convenor, Eric Lai, how planning for it is going:
No parole urged for suspect at centre of extradition crisis   Listenfacebook
Taiwan is urging Hong Kong to deny parole to a 20-year-old murder suspect set to be freed later this month, saying it wants to offer more evidence to local authorities to help them with the case. Chan Tong-kai admitted killing his pregnant girlfriend in Taipei last year, before fleeing back to Hong Kong. He was never tried for murder as the city has no rendition agreement with Taipei. But he was sent to prison in April after admitting to taking Poon Hiu-wing's money and valuables. The case prompted Chief Executive Carrie Lam to pursue the extradition bill that plunged Hong Kong into the current political crisis. Annemarie Evans asked Taipei-based journalist, Cindy Sui, why Taiwan's Ministry of Justice had left the request so late:
Bar set to meet over anti-government protests   Listenfacebook
The Bar Association has called a meeting at the end of this month to discuss the current political crisis. This follows the resignation this week of the Bar Council's vice-chairman, Edwin Choy, over its failure to condemn the violent acts of protesters during the ongoing anti-government demonstrations. Another barrister Wilson Leung - from the Progressive Lawyers Group - told Damon Pang extensive discussions are needed:
Carrie Lam gets few Facebook followers   Listenfacebook
This year's policy address was unique not only because it was the first time a Chief Executive has had to deliver the address by video, rather than in person in the Legislative Council. It's also the first time that the leader of the Hong Kong SAR hasn't attended a TV or radio forum to take questions from members of the public afterwards. But on Thursday night, Carrie Lam did reach out to the people - in a one hour Facebook Live session - although as Wendy Wong reports she didn't get much of an audience:
Turmoil encourages competition in DC elections   Listenfacebook
The almost two-week nomination period for the District Council elections ended last night, with more than 1,100 candidates set to vie for the 452 seats in next month's polls. That means not many of the 452 seats, if any, are likely to be returned uncontested .... unless, that is, election officers bar people who've been involved in or support the current protests from standing. Prospective candidates, who've shared the protest slogan "liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" on social media, have already been asked to explain their political stance. Ian Pooler asked political analyst Joseph Cheng how the level of interest in this year’s DC elections compares to past polls:
New Brexit deal set for crucial, quick vote   Listenfacebook
The new Brexit agreement reached by Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the EU will be voted on in the British Parliament on Saturday. But it's far from certain that MPs will endorse the deal, which entails checks on goods between Northern Ireland and the British mainland. Johnson's Northern Irish allies have forcefully rejected such an arrangement, calling it a blood red line. The leader of the UK's main opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, called the agreement worse than the one negotiated by the prime minister’s predecessor, Theresa May, which was rejected three times. London correspondent Peter Anderson told Ian Pooler that Johnson still has a lot of work to do to get the deal passed: