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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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Anthem bill greeted with protests   Listenfacebook
The legislative process to make insulting the national anthem a criminal offence is officially underway. The government's bill was presented to the Legislative Council on Wednesday, as supporters and opponents of the proposed law faced off outside. Richard Pyne reports:
Bar calls for review of SoJ’s power to decide criminal cases   Listenfacebook
The Bar Association is calling for a review of the power of the Secretary for Justice to decide on criminal cases, and whether this should be handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions. This follows the concerns raised by Teresa Cheng's decision not to prosecute former Chief Executive CY Leung over his failure to declare a 50-million dollar payment he received from the Australian firm, UGL. The Bar says the justice minister's position as an executive councillor means people will always question whether such controversial decisions are made for political reasons. The chairman of the barrister's association, Philip Dykes, told Maggie Ho that the row over the UGL payment makes now a good time to review the system:
Teresa Cheng’s explanations on UGL case ‘amount to nothing’  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers are expected to vote on Thursday on a motion moved by legal sector representative Dennis Kwok asking the government for documents and records on its decision NOT to prosecute CY Leung over the UGL payment. Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng told the Legislative Council on Wednesday that she can't give more details about the case as that would subject Hong Kong's former leader to what she called a public trial. Janice Wong asked Kwok if that was really what he was asking Cheng to do:
Doctors to question health secretary over staffing levels   Listenfacebook
After nurses protested last weekend over excessive workloads, this weekend will see public hospital doctors airing their grievances. At a forum planned for them on Saturday, they’ll get the chance to question the Secretary for Health, Sophia Chan, and Hospital Authority head Leung Pak-yin. Medical sector lawmaker Pierre Chan is helping to arrange the forum. He said he hopes officials will address long-standing manpower shortages, which are especially noticeable during the winter peak flu season. He spoke to Wendy Wong:
Canadian envoy says Meng Wanzhou may not be extradited   Listenfacebook
Canada's ambassador to China has raised eyebrows after an interview with Chinese-language media in which he hinted strongly that a top Huawei executive being held in Vancouver at Washington's request might not be extradited to the United States. Sean Kennedy has more: