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


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Judiciary in ‘fight for survival’   Listenfacebook
The Reuters news agency says three top judges have told it that Hong Kong's independent judiciary is in a "fight for survival" due to growing interference from Beijing. Reuters also quotes friends of the retiring Chief Justice, Geoffrey Ma, as saying he's had to contend with Communist Party officials pushing their view that the rule of law is a tool to preserve one-party rule. Cecil Wong has more:
Carrie Lam denies Beijing is interfering in HK's affairs   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has rejected claims that Beijing is interfering in Hong Kong's affairs, while adding to the central government's condemnation of the political deadlock in the Legislative Council. Lam defended recent criticism of opposition lawmakers by the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the Liaison Office. She said even though Hong Kong has a high degree of autonomy, the central government hasn't given up its own power and authority over the SAR's affairs. Richard Pyne reports:
HK told not to ignore Beijing’s warning   Listenfacebook
The Bar Association weighed in on the row over the remarks by the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the Liaison Office on Tuesday, saying they could easily be perceived as interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs. But Lau Siu-kai, a vice-president of Beijing's top think tank on Hong Kong, warned the words from the two agencies of the central government shouldn't go unheeded. He told Janice Wong it's all part of Beijing's plan to ensure national interests and security are preserved here:
China’s legal system has deteriorated further: human rights lawyer   Listenfacebook
The vice chairman of the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, Cheung Yiu-leung, says Beijing's treatment of jailed rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang is a clear sign that the country's legal system has deteriorated further. Wang was released last week after serving four and a half years in jail for subversion. But he wasn't allowed to return to his home in Beijing and was instead escorted to the city of Jinan for what the authorities said was “mandatory quarantine" against the coronavirus. Cheung says this seems more like house arrest. He told Priscilla Ng that Wang is being treated worse than Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died almost three years ago while in custody for subverting state power:
Expert says HK can relax as new Covid infections stay low  Listenfacebook
Just three new Covid-19 infections were reported on Tuesday, as well as one case involving a traveller from Thailand that's being categorised as an overseas case. They raised Hong Kong's tally to 1,012. It was the third day in a row that the city had seen a single-digit growth in cases. Health authorities cautioned that the recent drop could be due to fewer tests that were done over the Easter holiday. They also said it's possible there is some silent transmission in the community that can't be picked up. But hasn’t silent transmission been a long-held fear in the coronavirus crisis? Mike Weeks asked University of Hong Kong professor Benjamin Cowling – the director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control:
Most students want DSE postponed or scrapped   Listenfacebook
A survey has found that nine out of ten senior secondary students poised to take key university entrance exams next week want the tests to be postponed further or scrapped entirely. The Education Secretary, Kevin Yeung, has said it's highly likely that the Diploma of Secondary Education exams will start next Friday, though a final decision has yet to be made. Jimmy Choi reports: