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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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Amnesty singles out Hong Kong for criticism in tear gas report  Listenfacebook
Amnesty International is calling for greater scrutiny of what it calls the "shadowy and poorly regulated" global trade in tear gas. The human rights group says it's fuelling human-rights violations by police against protesters all over the world. But Amnesty's report singles out Hong Kong as an example of where tear gas has been used excessively and inappropriately, as Richard Pyne reports:
Security law police powers ‘could be quite frightening’  Listenfacebook
A British scholar, who was among the international experts to quit a panel investigating allegations of police brutality in Hong Kong, says the national security law Beijing is drafting for Hong Kong is very likely give the police more power to punish dissidents. Clifford Stott also said he walked away from the panel under the Independent Police Complaints Council because he felt "manipulated". Maggie Ho reports:
Law Society urges Beijing to show restraint in security legislation  Listenfacebook
The Law Society has urged the National People's Congress to "exercise restraint" in imposing national security legislation on Hong Kong. It also said the new law should not be retrospective, and that foreign judges shouldn't be barred from sitting on cases, as Joanne Wong reports:
Private prosecution of police shooter set to go ahead  Listenfacebook
An Eastern Court magistrate has decided to summon a traffic police officer over the shooting of a student protester in Sai Wan Ho last November to face trial. That's according to Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui, who's bringing the private prosecution. As Jimmy Choi reports, this is the first criminal case against the police in connection with the anti-government protests:
Teachers to undergo ‘enhanced training’  Listenfacebook
From September, new primary and secondary school teachers will have to undergo official training over professional values and conduct, among other things. As Timmy Sung reports, the announcement from the Education Bureau has sparked more concern about tightening control of the teaching profession:
RTHK’s acting deputy director resigns  Listenfacebook
RTHK's acting deputy director of broadcasting, Kirindi Chan, has resigned after more than 30 years with the public broadcaster, due to “health reasons”. However, the news comes just after a working group under the station's board of advisors told RTHK to produce more programmes to foster people's sense of national identity and to give the public a "correct understanding" of the national security law still being drafted in Beijing. Priscilla Ng reports:
Health experts say new travel scheme won’t stop coronavirus   Listenfacebook
Health experts have expressed concerns over reports of a scheme, under which authorities in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong will join hands to facilitate quarantine-free travel as the threat from Covid-19 recedes. Wendy Wong explains why:
Government urged to support sharing economy  Listenfacebook
AirBnB has slammed the tightening of laws against operators of unlicensed guesthouses, saying it’s put the brakes on Hong Kong's economic recovery. Penalties for violators will be increased to a maximum of three years in jail and a fine of HK$500,000. Simon Lee is a public affairs consultant and an advocate of a sharing economy. He says during an economic slowdown, the government should do more to facilitate a sharing economy, not stifle it. The Covid-19 pandemic has left hotels and licensed guesthouses largely empty. Mike Weeks asked Li why they don’t deserve more protection and support:
Ocean Park ‘must’ adapt to survive  Listenfacebook
Ocean Park is set to open on Saturday for the first time since it was closed in January because of the coronavirus. The financial future of the theme park hangs in the balance, although the government did approve a more than HK$5 billion bailout for it in May. Howard Yu, the Lego professor of management and innovation at IMD business school in Switzerland, and director of its Advanced Management Program spoke to Carolyn Wright about Ocean Park. She started by asking him just how shaky its finances are: