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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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Tam Yiu-chung says security law may not be tough enough  Listenfacebook
A member of the top legislative body that approved Hong Kong's security law in Beijing on Tuesday says the arrests of 10 people on suspicion of breaching it the next day shows the legislation is not harsh enough to deter protesters. Candice Wong reports
Government declares protest slogan illegal  Listenfacebook
The government says the protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times" violates the new national security law, because it carries secessionist or subversive intent. The statement came after demonstrators carried banners and placards with the slogan during Wednesday's July 1 protests. The government condemned acts that it said challenge the country's sovereignty and integrity, and urged people not to take part in them. Mike Weeks asked a council member of the Bar Association, Erik Shum, whether he thinks the slogan violates the security law:
Man suspected of police attack pulled off plane  Listenfacebook
Police arrested a man on Thursday in connection with the stabbing of an officer in Causeway Bay during the anti-security law protests on July 1. Reports say he was hauled off a plane moments before its departure to London. Here's Timmy Sung:
Nathan Law flees Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
Former lawmaker and Demosisto leader Nathan Law has left Hong Kong for an unknown destination. Todd Harding reports:
HKJA chief says talking to Nathan Law may breach security legislation  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association says the enforcement of the national security law has already dealt a blow to press freedom in Hong Kong, making journalists and media organisations worried that their work could run foul of the legislation. Chris Yeung, the chairman of the association, spoke with Janice Wong, about the risks journalists are now taking by doing their job:
Pro-Beijing figures say 1.6 million oppose US interference in HK  Listenfacebook
The US Congress has passed tough new sanctions that target banks over infringements on Hong Kong's high-degree of autonomy, two days after the national security law was imposed in the SAR. Beijing has threatened "strong countermeasures" if the Hong Kong Autonomy Act becomes law. President Donald Trump has so far not indicated if he will sign it, although US lawmakers are likely to override any veto. The Senate unanimously approved the act, a day after the House did likewise. Earlier on Thursday, dozens of pro-Beijing lawmakers and activists staged a protest at the US Consulate in Hong Kong, demanding that Washington stop interfering in the SAR’s affairs. The group said It was hypocritical for the US to criticise and impose sanctions over Hong Kong's national security law, because it has similar legislation. DAB lawmaker Holden Chow told Frances Sit that hundreds of thousands of people have signed up online in support of their cause:
Beijing warns London over BNO move  Listenfacebook
US lawmakers are looking to make it easier for Hong Kong residents to seek refugee status in the United States. They want to put people who've participated in pro-democracy protests here in the same category as Cubans - giving them priority as refugees, with no limits on their numbers. That comes as Beijing reacted angrily to a move by London to offer three million Hongkongers, who either have BNO passports or are eligible for one, and their children, a pathway to citizenship in the UK. Joanne Wong reports:
Infectious-disease expert calls for quarantine rethink  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong reported nine more imported coronavirus cases on Thursday. The latest patients had all recently returned from India or Pakistan. Infectious-disease expert Joseph Tsang has called on the government to plug what he sees as a loophole when it comes to coronavirus home quarantine. That's after a woman with no travel history was suspected to have caught Covid-19 from family members who'd recently returned from the US and were undergoing home quarantine. Tsang says such contact presents a real risk of infection:
Four arrested over government face-mask swindle   Listenfacebook
Customs officers say they’ve found 6.7 million surgical masks procured by the Government Logistics Department carry false trade descriptions. The department says a supplier received HK$15.2 million for providing the masks. It has referred the matter to the police. Four people have been arrested so far in connection with the case, as Jimmy Choi reports: