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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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Security law won’t be fully in line with HK’s legal system: Teresa Cheng  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, says it's impractical for people to expect the national security legislation that’s being drafted by Beijing to be completely in line with Hong Kong’s common law system. That’s at odds with what a fellow member of the Executive Council, barrister Ronny Tong, said on Sunday. He gave an assurance that justice would continue to be "done and seen to be done" thanks to the safeguard of the common law. Maggie Ho reports:
Legal expert worried rule by law will replace rule of law in HK   Listenfacebook
A prominent legal scholar says Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong must set out in detail what sort of activities are banned, so vague provisions can't be used to arbitrarily stifle dissent. University of Hong Kong law professor Johannes Chan criticised the government's backing of the new law as lacking in content, saying nowhere in the world would the public be unable to see the draft of such an important piece of legislation before enactment. Damon Pang reports:
Security chief says operations of security police must be secret  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, says a new police unit he's creating to implement Beijing's national security law here will have to keep its operations secret because they relate to the country's security. The minister has previously said he's in the process of setting up a special police unit to take responsibility for national security as soon as the legislation is promulgated. Jimmy Choi reports:
NPCSC expected to discuss national security legislation on Thursday   Listenfacebook
The Standing Committee of China’s National People's Congress, which will approve Hong Kong’s new national security law, is set to meet this Thursday. Mike Weeks asked legal academic and commentator Danny Gittings why this legislation already seems to be causing differences among members of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s cabinet over the implications it has for Hong Kong’s common law system:
Social distancing rules may be further relaxed  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Health, Sophia Chan, has indicated there may be a further relaxation of the social distancing rules, which ban public gatherings of more than eight people, as long as the coronavirus situation remains stable. No new infections were reported in Hong Kong on Sunday. Maggie Ho reports:
WTO chief admits it needs to change rules on state aid  Listenfacebook
The head of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevedo, has acknowledged that its rules on state aid need adjusting in light of China's emergence as an economic superpower. China joined the WTO in 2001 after agreeing to considerable liberalisation of its economy, but it's been widely accused of failing to abide by all its commitments. The WTO is one of several multi-lateral organisations which the US President, Donald Trump, accuses of giving Beijing favourable treatment. RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, gave Mike Weeks his views on what the WTO head had to say:
FS warns unemployment may hit 15 year high   Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, says it is inevitable Hong Kong's jobless rate will soar past the 5.2 percent recorded in April. He says it's likely it will surpass the all-time high set during the global financial crisis of 2009. But Chan also reminded people to register for the HK$10,000 cash handout from Sunday, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Mothers group calls for clarity on breastfeeding rights  Listenfacebook
The government has been urged to further improve legislation, mandating employers to provide break times for breastfeeding staff to express milk for their nursing children. The call comes from the Hong Kong Breastfeeding Mothers’ Association. The group welcomes the passage of an amendment to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance last week, making discrimination against breastfeeding mothers unlawful. But its chairwoman, Jacy Chan, told Wendy Wong the rights of breastfeeding mothers could still be set out more clearly: