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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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Teresa Cheng moves to shut down second private prosecution  Listenfacebook
For the second time in a week, Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng has exercised her powers to take control of a private prosecution relating to last year’s anti-government unrest. This time, her intervention is aimed at halting a dangerous driving case against a taxi driver whose vehicle ploughed into a group of protesters in Sham Shui Po. Damon Pang reports:
Six men arrested 12 months on from Yuen Long station attack   Listenfacebook
Police say they've arrested six men on suspicion of rioting and conspiracy to wound in connection with the indiscriminate mob attack at Yuen Long MTR station on July 21 last year. That raises the total number of arrests over the violence to 43, although only seven people have so far been charged. Tom McAlinden has the details:
National security detention powers tested in court   Listenfacebook
The High Court is due to decide on Friday whether the first man charged under the new national security law is being detained lawfully, in a test of the bail conditions imposed under the new legislation. RTHK’s Timmy Sung listened to the arguments presented in court on Thursday:
SAR suspends mutual legal assistance with the US  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry has announced that Hong Kong will suspend mutual legal assistance with the United States in response to Washington's decision to end three bilateral agreements with the SAR. The US action was over the imposition of the national security law here. The Hong Kong government has also condemned Washington's move, saying it will hurt the US more than the SAR. Executive councillor and barrister Ronny Tong admits the decision to suspend US extradition and prisoner transfer agreements with Hong Kong may affect international confidence in the SAR. But he told Priscilla Ng it will have little real impact on the local justice system:
Government says ending of tax agreement will hurt US shipping most   Listenfacebook
One of the agreements Washington ended with Hong Kong on Wednesday was on reciprocal tax exemptions for shipping proceeds. An SAR government spokesman said this would increase operating costs for firms from both sides. But he said American companies would be disproportionately affected because they will have to pay taxes to both Hong Kong and US authorities – while local shippers will only pay US taxes as they are exempt from local duties. The chairman of the Hong Kong Shippers' Council, Willy Lin, agrees. He told RTHK that Washington was essentially shooting itself in the foot:
Scrapping of tax exemptions ‘won’t help Hong Kong’  Listenfacebook
Shipping lawyer Conor Warde told RTHK that while it may be technically true that Washington’s decision on tax exemptions will cost American shipping companies more, the big picture is somewhat different. The partner at law firm Mayer Brown spoke to Ben Tse:
Coronavirus cases drop to lowest in over six weeks   Listenfacebook
The number of new coronavirus infections has continued to fall in Hong Kong. Just 18 were reported on Thursday - the lowest figure in more than six weeks. Wendy Wong reports:
Government told to tighten control over vaccine sales   Listenfacebook
The Ombudsman is going to investigate whether the government is monitoring the sale of vaccines by private healthcare facilities effectively enough. This comes after a scandal last year in which some medical centres provided customers with fake HPV jabs. Wendy Wong has more.
Pan-dems want public to decide whether they sit in stop-gap Legco  Listenfacebook
The Democratic and Civic parties have decided to let the public choose whether their lawmakers should remain in the Legislative Council now that its term has been extended for another year by Beijing. This followed the postponement of September's elections by 12 months. The opposition camp is split on how to respond, and so the two parties want a territory-wide opinion poll to point them in the right direction. Janice Wong asked the Chairman of the Democratic Party, Wu Chi-wai, if he thinks such a survey will really help resolve differences within the camp:
Steve Bannon charged with border-wall fraud   Listenfacebook
Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud and money-laundering over an online campaign to raise funds to build a wall along America's border with Mexico. Bannon was taken into custody by the US Postal Inspection Service on Thursday from a 45-meter luxury yacht, off the coast of Connecticut, owned by exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui. The Voice of America's White House bureau chief, Steve Herman, told Mike Weeks more about Bannon’s court appearance: