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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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NPC delegates, Legco president to be consulted on security law  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says she sees no need to reflect opposing views on the proposed national security law for Hong Kong to officials in Beijing because they are already well aware of them. Lam said mainland officials will invite various representatives from the SAR to give their views on the legislation Beijing is drafting via different channels, including forums in Shenzhen and the capital. The opposition camp won't be among them, as Timmy Sung reports:
Bar calls for meaningful consultation on national security legislation  Listenfacebook
The Bar Association has written to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, urging it to consult Hong Kong people about the proposed national security law. Maggie Ho reports:
Tam Yiu-chung links security law to elections  Listenfacebook
The only Hong Kong person involved in drafting the security legislation for the city, Tam Yiu-chung, has set off a fire storm by suggesting that support for the bill be made a condition for anyone standing in September's elections for the Legislative Council. Joanne Wong reports:
Emily Lau says security-law election move not unexpected   Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry in Beijing has spoken out against what it sees as British interference in Hong Kong's affairs. That's after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would offer Hong Kong people with British National (Overseas) passports a route to UK citizenship if Beijing pushes ahead with its national security law here. Former Democratic Party leader and lawmaker, Emily Lau, fought for more UK visa rights for Hong Kong people before the handover. Mike Weeks spoke to her about Johnson’s pledge, but he started by asking her about Tam Yiu-chung’s suggestion that aspiring lawmakers would need to support national security legislation:
Rights front accuses government of inconsistency on gathering ban  Listenfacebook
For the first time, a candlelight vigil has not been sanctioned for Victoria Park on June 4, to mark the brutal crushing of China's student-led Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement in 1989. It’s been banned under coronavirus restrictions on gatherings, which have now been extended until June 18. That means events to mark the first anniversary of the huge marches that saw the shelving of the extradition bill last summer are now very unlikely to be approved. The Civil Human Rights Front organised those rallies. Janice Wong asked the front’s spokesman, Eric Lai, if the ban on the June 4 commemoration is a big blow:
Mandatory testing urged for coronavirus hotspots  Listenfacebook
Health authorities did not report any new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, as officials continue testing residents of a Sha Tin public housing block, where six residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus since the weekend. Despite that, calls are now growing for the government to make community testing mandatory where such clusters emerge, in a bid to track down the virus quickly. Wendy Wong reports:
WWF says HK needs to get tougher on wildlife crime  Listenfacebook
WWF-Hong Kong has called on the government to take tougher action against wildlife crimes following a record 26 tonne seizure of illegal dried shark fins last month. It's thought that 38,000 sharks, considered vulnerable to extinction, were killed for the HK$8.6 million haul. The green group says wildlife crime offences need to be listed in the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance to deter transnational syndicates from using Hong Kong as a smuggling hub. Andy Cornish, leader of WWF's global shark programme, told Timmy Sung not only has there been an increase in dried shark fins smuggled into the SAR in the past few years, there have also been significant seizures of other wildlife products: