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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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Ronny Tong says security legislation could lead to death sentences  Listenfacebook
China's top legislative body is expected to pass the Hong Kong version of the nation's security law on Tuesday. Details of the bill, including sentencing, will be made public sometime after. But executive councillor Ronny Tong says in rare cases, where suspects are extradited to the mainland, they could face the death sentence. Damon Pang reports:
Michael Tien hopes life is maximum sentence under security bill   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Bar Association, Philip Dykes, has described it as a matter of urgency for the legal profession to learn about the new national security law, and called on the government to explain the bill. Dykes said it's extraordinary that no-one in Hong Kong had seen a draft, adding that it as a constitutional novelty that the legislation will not pass through the Legislative Council. He said legal professionals want to know whether the government's prosecution code will be affected , and how human rights will be safeguarded. Mike Weeks asked Roundtable lawmaker and Hong Kong delegate to the National People's Congress, Michael Tien, whether he could provide more clarity on the legislation:
National security law “signals the end” for HK political freedoms  Listenfacebook
Human rights activists are worried that Hong Kong people’s rights will be seriously curtailed by the National Security Law that’s expected to be imposed on the SAR on Tuesday. Eric Lai, a vice convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, which has been denied permission to hold a mass rally on Wednesday, to mark the the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover, spoke with Janice Wong. She asked him first about the possibility of the ban on the annual July 1 march being overturned:
Tight security in place for handover anniversary  Listenfacebook
Authorities have been stepping up security ahead of the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover on Wednesday. The Legislative Council building will be closed for the whole of July 1 and the police plan to deploy up to 4,000 officers to deal with "potential conflicts". Frances Sit reports:
Teen jailed for carrying petrol bombs  Listenfacebook
A teenager was jailed for two years and eight months on Monday after being caught with petrol bombs. He was among a group of anti-government protesters arrested in Tuen Mun last November. Maggie Ho reports:
Beijing responds to US visa restrictions  Listenfacebook
Beijing says it is going to impose visa restrictions on some US individuals over their behaviour regarding Hong Kong. Tom McAlinden has the details:
Passenger has been stranded at airport for months  Listenfacebook
Airport officials have admitted that a group of people who flew in from Dubai recently were not the first to be stranded at Chek Lap Kok. Several others are refusing to leave the restricted zone while pandemic travel restrictions are in place, including one who's been there for more than three months. Timmy Sung reports:
‘N-Nothings’ can apply for care-fund payment on Thursday  Listenfacebook
More than 100,000 low-income families will be able to apply for a one-off payment from the Community Care Fund from Thursday. The government says the number of people applying for the handout is likely to be higher than it originally expected given the current coronavirus-driven economic crisis. Wendy Wong reports:
Meerkats, giant tortoises underpin Ocean Park hopes  Listenfacebook
A new animal exhibition centre featuring meerkats and giant tortoises will open at Ocean Park this week, as the struggling theme park tries to restore its fortunes under new chairman Lau Ming-wai. Jimmy Choi has the story: