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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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Sweeping police powers unveiled  Listenfacebook
The government says anyone who publishes a message endangering national security on electronic platforms, and fails to remove them as ordered by the authorities, can be jailed for up to a year. The new rule took effect on Tuesday. Under what’s described as “urgent” circumstances, police will also be allowed to search anyone's home without a warrant and people under investigation can be prevented from leaving Hong Kong. Candice Wong has the details:
Social media firms suspend cooperation with HK over user information  Listenfacebook
The new on-line rules have prompted Facebook and its messaging service WhatsApp, along with Twitter and Telegram to suspend – at least temporarily - the processing of requests for information on their users from Hong Kong's government and law enforcement authorities. Tom McAlinden reports:
Schools ‘need’ to review their books to protect children and staff  Listenfacebook
Despite assurances from Carrie Lam's administration that the security law would affect only a very small number of people, schools have now been ordered to remove any books that don't comply with the new legislation. The Chairman of the Hong Kong Education Policy Concern Organisation, Mervyn Cheung, told Jim Gould they need to comply to protect their students and staff:
Publishers feeling pressure to self-censor at Book Fair  Listenfacebook
Many publishers are said to have decided to avoid selling books that could, in their words, “cause trouble” at next week’s Book Fair because of the new security law. This comes after public libraries suspended lending of several titles written by political figures. Wendy Wong has details:
Police chief says security law is working to deter protests  Listenfacebook
Police arrested eight people on Monday night for protesting against the new security law in a Kwun Tong shopping mall. Some of them chanted independence slogans, while others held up blank sheets of white paper, saying the legislation has brought white terror to Hong Kong. The three men and five women were detained on suspicion of unauthorised assembly and obstructing officers. Police Commissioner Chris Tang said earlier that the security law was already having a big deterrent effect. He told state broadcaster CCTV that activists, who are anti-China and cause chaos in Hong Kong, were backing down. Timmy Sung reports:
Bail refused in Hong Kong’s first national security case   Listenfacebook
The first person charged under Hong Kong's national security law was denied bail on Monday by West Kowloon Court. The magistrate cited a controversial clause in the new legislation for his decision. Timmy Sung reports:
Beijing warns London against treating it as an enemy  Listenfacebook
China's ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, has warned Britain of the consequences it will face if it decides to treat Beijing as an enemy. In a news conference on the growing disputes between the two countries, Liu said the mainland technology giant, Huawei, would prosper, even if the UK decided against using its 5G technology. He also criticised London's plan to offer a path to citizenship for some three million people in Hong Kong following the introduction of the national security law a week ago. In January, the British government announced that it would let Huawei take up 35 percent of the infrastructure for the country's 5G network. Mike Weeks asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey whether the rethink is related to the deterioration in relations with Beijing over Hong Kong's new security law:
Security law expected to put a dent in opposition primaries   Listenfacebook
The pro-democracy camp is urging people to vote in its primaries this weekend for September's Legislative Council elections, saying anyone who participates in it won't violate the national security law. Around 250 polling stations will be set up across the city on Saturday and Sunday. Legal scholar Benny Tai is helping organise the primaries. He told Janice Wong he expects the new security law to deter many would-be voters at the weekend:
First outbreak of Covid-19 reported in HK care home   Listenfacebook
The director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control at the University of Hong Kong, Benjamin Cowling, says he's very concerned about a reported outbreak of Covid-19 at an elderly care home. An 85-year-old woman is said to have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, while a number of other people are reported to have returned an initial positive test. That's after a third local Covid-19 case was confirmed on Monday, connected to a congee and noodle shop worker, who came down with the disease the day before. Cowling spoke to Mike Weeks about the new cases: