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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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G7 expresses grave concern over national security law  Listenfacebook
Foreign Ministers from the Group of Seven industrial nations have issued a strongly worded statement urging Beijing to reverse its decision to impose a national security law in Hong Kong. As Steve Dunthorne reports, the statement was released just minutes before high-level China-US talks began in Hawaii:
Rights groups urge Beijing to drop security law plans   Listenfacebook
More than 80 human rights groups from around the world have made a joint call on Beijing to drop its planned national security law for Hong Kong. In an open letter to the chairman of China's top legislative body, Li Zhanshu, they said the law and its application are unlikely to meet international standards, based on what's known about the legislation so far, as well as the nation's poor record on human rights. One of the groups behind the letter is Amnesty International. Its Hong Kong director, Tam Man-kei, told Annemarie Evans why it is so concerned about this legislation:
Reform advocate Yu Wensheng jailed for subversion  Listenfacebook
A prominent human rights lawyer, who called for constitutional reform on the mainland, has been sentenced to four years in jail. Yu Wensheng was also stripped of his political rights for three years after being convicted of subverting state power. Priscilla Ng reports:
Erick Tsang criticised over election-disqualification warning  Listenfacebook
The pro-democracy camp has criticised the Constitutional Affairs Secretary, Erick Tsang, for suggesting that opponents of the national security law will be disqualified from running in September's Legislative Council elections. Damon Pang reports:
Regina Ip concerned about possibility of extradition to the mainland  Listenfacebook
A member of Carrie Lam’s executive council, Regina Ip, has raised concerns about the prospect of Hong Kong people being extradited to the mainland to face trial for national security offences. The New People’s Party leader was speaking after Hong Kong's sole representative on the Beijing body that will approve the legislation, Tam Yiu-chung, said sending people across the border would be an option in the most serious cases. But he said that would depend on how the central government decides to exercise its jurisdiction. Wendy Wong reports:
Former Liberal Party head says government no longer speaks for HK   Listenfacebook
As the controversy surrounding the national security law rages on, a group of Liberal Party veterans have formed a new group, to try to find a middle way for Hong Kong, to help heal its deeply divided society. Former party leader Selina Chow is one of the founders of the group, "Hope for Hong Kong". Mike Weeks asked her whether there’s still room for moderates in Hong Kong:
Allen Zeman says claims of dwindling freedom are unfounded  Listenfacebook
Prominent businessman Allan Zeman has backed the need for a national security law in Hong Kong, citing concerns about terrorism. He also said foreign countries should stop their criticism of China over human rights and the situation in Xinjiang, when there's a very good reason why Beijing needs to be so forceful. Priscilla Ng reports:
Aggressive coronavirus testing’ vital’ to contain Beijing outbreak  Listenfacebook
Eight imported cases of Covid-19 were reported in Hong Kong on Wednesday. They include two foreign domestic helpers from the Philippines. Despite that, authorities announced the reopening of more public facilities, including outdoor sports fields and courts, and all performance venues. Meanwhile, mainland officials are rushing to contain a large coronavirus outbreak in Beijing, cancelling flights and shutting schools and markets. The source of the infections in the capital remains a mystery. Janice Wong asked University of Hong Kong virologist, Professor Malik Peiris, about reports that imported fish could be to blame: