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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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Education chief lays down the law on politics in school  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Education, Kevin Yeung, has asked local schools to punish students who take part in a proposed class boycott to oppose Beijing's national security law, or join any activities at school to express political views. He says harmony at schools should not be compromised and learning should not be undermined. Damon Pang reports:
Schools ‘will’ explain security law to pupils when it’s enacted  Listenfacebook
Primary and secondary school principals have been told to discipline students who boycott classes to protest Beijing's planned security law. A ballot on a boycott and a general strike is being organised by labour unions and student groups this Sunday. In a letter to principals, the Education Secretary, Kevin Yeung, said any pupil found to be involved in such action, or encouraging others to take part, should be told to stop. If they refuse to do so, he said, they should be punished. So how do educators feel about this? Mike Weeks asked the chairman of the Association of the Heads of Secondary Schools, Teddy Tang, for his thoughts on Yeung’s letter:
RTHK mini-series to explain background to national security law  Listenfacebook
RTHK says it plans to air a series of TV programmes on the national security legislation that's still being drawn up in the capital. The announcement came after a working group under its board of advisors told the public broadcaster to produce more programmes to foster people's sense of national identity and to give the public a "correct understanding" of the security law. Frances Sit reports:
Security law enforcement plan divides legislators  Listenfacebook
Despite there still being no details of the security legislation Beijing intends to impose here, plans for a special police unit to enforce it are already dividing the Legislative Council. Pro-government lawmakers back the plan, while the pan-democrats have hit out at the move, because of a lack of transparency. Maggie Ho has more:
Raphael Wong loses election-ban challenge  Listenfacebook
The government has confirmed that the Legislative Council elections will be held on September 6. The nomination period will open on July 18. But League of Social Democrats chairman Raphael Wong won't be putting his name forward. That's because the High Court has rejected his challenge of a ban on people sentenced to jail terms of three months or more, from running for public office for five years. As Damon Pang reports, Wong lodged the judicial review after being barred from standing in elections until 2024:
Ban on hospital visits lifted  Listenfacebook
A leading patient rights' advocate has welcomed a decision by the Hospital Authority to lift a ban on visits at some public hospitals as new coronavirus infections remained at zero on Wednesday. But Tim Pang believes it could have been made earlier, as Wendy Wong reports:
Green Earth says chocolate makers ignoring waste pledges in HK   Listenfacebook
Three major candy brands have been accused of not living up to their international pledges on reducing plastic waste in Hong Kong. While Mars, Ferrero and Nestle have vowed on their global websites to drastically reduce plastic use, adopt reusable or recyclable wrapping materials, and come up with clear recycling guidelines for their products by 2025, Green Earth says they haven't followed through on their promises here. The group's senior project officer, Edmond Lau, told Janice Wong how the companies are failing to live up to their pledges:
Removal of pangolins from TCM list hailed as a major breakthrough   Listenfacebook
Beijing is reported to have removed pangolins from its official list of traditional Chinese medicine treatments. The move, reported by China's Health Times newspaper, comes after the animal's protected status in the country was raised to the highest level last week. The scaly mammals have been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal hunting for their scales and meat. David Oson, director of conservation for WWF-Hong Kong, told Annemarie Evans it’s another major step in efforts to conserve pangolins: