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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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Unemployment rises to 5.9 percent  Listenfacebook
Almost six percent of Hong Kong's workforce, more than 230,000 people, are now unemployed, the highest rate since Sars shut down the city in 2003. The May data shows the unemployment rate in some sectors is now running at over 10 percent, as Altis Wong reports:
Disease expert says there could be more covid clusters on the mainland  Listenfacebook
People living in parts of Beijing deemed to be "medium or high risk" from the coronavirus outbreak there have been banned from leaving the capital. All the city's residents now require a negative test for Covid-19 to travel. Schools and universities are also closing after Beijing recorded over 100 virus cases in five days. Professor Benjamin Cowling, the director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control at the University of Hong Kong, told Annemarie Evans he’s concerned there could be a number of clusters on the mainland:
Banqueting and dancing back as restrictions relaxed further  Listenfacebook
The government has moved to further ease restrictions on public gatherings, lifting the maximum size of groups outdoors from eight to 50 from Friday. But there will be no cap at all for restaurants, so that they can resume holding banquets. Wendy Wong has the details:
Teresa Cheng sets out reasons for halting private prosecutions  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, has set out a host of reasons why she might have to intervene in a private prosecution against a policeman, at a time when pro-democracy lawmakers are pursuing a number of cases against the force and a rival legislator. Writing on her blog, Cheng said the right to institute a private prosecution is an important feature of the common law system, but it could be open to abuse. Frances Sit has the details:
1,800 complaints made to IPCC over policing of anti-government protest  Listenfacebook
The head of the Independent Police Complaints Council has rejected the idea that officers have not been held accountable since anti-government protests erupted a year ago. Anthony Neoh was speaking after the force told the IPCC that just a handful of people were responsible for many of the hundreds of complaints about policing of the protests, as Damon Pang reports:
Security chief sounds warning over foreign links  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, says he believes lawmakers and political activists could fall foul of the national security legislation that's being drafted in Beijing if they continue to meet and brief overseas politicians and officials on Hong Kong. Although he admitted he doesn't know that for sure, Lee told RTHK that when the new law is announced, people will know what is and what isn't allowed. Priscilla Ng reports:
Four-fifths of teachers now avoiding politically sensitive topics  Listenfacebook
A survey by the Professional Teachers’ Union has found that an overwhelming majority of teachers are pessimistic about the future of education in Hong Kong. More than 90 percent of the nearly 1,200 teachers, who were questioned early this month, said the government's handling of education since the anti-extradition protests flared up a year ago has undermined their confidence in the future of educational development. Many of them also said that political pressure has been exerted on the education industry, with 80 percent admitting they would avoid teaching sensitive topics. Janice Wong asked the president of the union, Fung Wai-wah, where this pressure is coming from:
Legal protection urged for LGBT workers  Listenfacebook
The government has been urged to put in place legal protection against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, after it was outlawed by the US Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on Monday. Professor Suen Yiu-tung from the Chinese University's Sexualities Research Programme says there is public support for the idea, and businesses are already taking steps to protect their LGBT employees. Suen told Richard Pyne that many LGBT people in Hong Kong face unfriendly attitudes from bosses and colleagues, and some fear that coming out would be career suicide:
UNHCR refugee film festival goes online  Listenfacebook
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever for humanity to stand together. That's especially true for the tens of millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes around the world, with the coronavirus compounding the crises. This year's UNHCR Charity Refugee Film Festival aims to raise funds for refugees who have been displaced by war and persecution, and who are now facing the additional challenge of the global health crisis. The event is now in its 13th year in Hong Kong. Mike Weeks asked Sivanka Dhanapala, the UNHCR China Representative, what impact Covid-19 has had on this year’s festival: