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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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IPCC foreign experts to produce own police report  Listenfacebook
Just days after the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) released its findings on the force's handling of last year's anti-government protests, one of the five overseas experts it hired, Keele University professor Clifford Stott, has announced they are going to produce their own report. This comes as top government officials continue to back the IPCC conclusion that there's no systematic problem with policing in Hong Kong. Timmy Sung has the story:
New report on policing ‘could offer valuable insights and advice’  Listenfacebook
The Chairman of the IPCC's publicity and survey committee, Clement Chan, brushed aside suggestions the report on police handling of anti-government protests is biased towards the force. He said there was some criticism of police conduct in the report and 52 suggestions for room for improvement. Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung went even further. He accused critics of the police watchdog's report of having "bad intentions". Lawyer Antony Dapiran is the author of "City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong". Janice Wong asked him what he made of the announcement that a new report is now being compiled by the foreign experts, who quit the IPCC investigation of policing in December:
Hamsters demonstrate effectiveness of face masks  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the University of Hong Kong say face masks are vital in the battle against the coronavirus. They say a study they carried out, using hamsters, shows that surgical masks are effective in significantly reducing non-contact transmission of Covid-19. Jimmy Choi reports:
HKU professors urge people to remain on high alert for coronavirus  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong confirmed three more imported Covid-19 cases on Sunday, all of them returnees from Pakistan. They are a 79-year-old man, a 10-year-old girl and her mother. But the Centre for Health Protection says it still has not found out how three members of a family in Tsuen Wan - confirmed to have the coronavirus last week - caught the disease. Some 1,000 people who might have come into contact with the family have since been tested, but not one was positive. University of Hong Kong professor Benjamin Cowling is the director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. Mike Weeks asked him about the significance of the research into the effectiveness of wearing face masks led by his university colleague, microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung:
Removal of history-exam question prompts widespread concern  Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau has defended its decision to pull a controversial question from the DSE history exam, but critics say the move would have a strong impact on students as well as the teaching profession. Candice Wong reports:
Trump administration ‘ratcheting up’ trade conflict with China  Listenfacebook
China’s commerce ministry says it's firmly opposed to the latest rules by the US against Huawei and will take all necessary measures to safeguard the technology giant's rights and interests. The Trump administration moved on Friday to block global chip supplies to Huawei Technologies, spurring fears of Chinese retaliation and hammering shares of American producers of chipmaking equipment. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, what’s behind the ban: