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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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Govt ruled in breach of torture laws  Listenfacebook
The High Court delivered a landmark ruling on Thursday that found both the government and the police in breach of Bill of Rights protections against torture, or cruel or degrading treatment. The judge said there wasn't a sufficiently independent complaints mechanism, so that police officers guilty of abuses could be properly identified, investigated and punished. The court also said police breached the bill by failing to place unique identification numbers or markers on officers policing last year’s anti-government protests. The government has yet to say whether it will appeal the ruling, which could spark a broad reform of the existing police complaints mechanism. Damon Pang reports:
Court criticises police failure to wear ID  Listenfacebook
The High Court also said police breached the Bill of Rights by failing to ensure officers who policed the anti-government protests could be properly identified. The judge ruled that victims of alleged police abuses couldn't easily identify the individuals involved and seek legal redress. Timmy Sung reports:
Journalists' group welcomes court ruling  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association welcomed the High Court judgement, saying police should start wearing and displaying their identification numbers immediately. But chairman, Chris Yeung, was pessimistic about how the government would respond. He told Janice Wong he expected authorities to appeal:
Junius Ho: human rights don't apply in riots  Listenfacebook
Pro-government lawmaker Junius Ho says the High Court's ruling on police not displaying their ID at protests is wrong, and sets a bad precedent. He also disputes the court's assessment of the system for complaints against officers. Frances Sit reports:
Govt urged to set up independent police monitor  Listenfacebook
Claudia Yip from the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor says the government should act now to address the deficiencies underlined in the court ruling. She spoke to Annemarie Evans:
NSL police to investigate university graduation rally  Listenfacebook
Police say their national security branch is looking into suspected violations of the national security law during a march at The Chinese University on Thursday. Dozens of graduating students displayed slogans that authorities have declared illegal. Jimmy Choi reports:
The Five Eyes calls to reinstate pan-dem lawmakers  Listenfacebook
China has rebuked Britain, Australia, the US, New Zealand and Canada over criticism of Beijing's actions in Hong Kong. A foreign ministry statement expressed 'strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition' against those countries, after they criticised new powers allowing the SAR government to dismiss four pan-democratic lawmakers. The group, known as The Five Eyes, had called for the pan-democrats to be reinstated. Richard Pyne reports:
Smelly substance saga case adjourned to February  Listenfacebook
Former pro-democracy lawmakers Chu Hoi-dick, Ray Chan and Ted Hui have been released on bail after appearing in court accused of attacking other legislators with noxious substances. Jimmy Choi reports:
HK12 families suspicious over letters received  Listenfacebook
HK12 families suspicious over letters received
Officials warn of potential Covid-19 outbreak at club  Listenfacebook
Health officials say the Covid-19 situation may be worsening, after 12 new coronavirus infections and about 20 preliminary positive cases were reported on Thursday. Among the latest cases, four are local. Jimmy Choi reports:
Schools struggle with abrupt change to URTI rules  Listenfacebook
School principals have criticised a government policy that encourages schools to suspend classes if a handful of students fall ill. They say it's confusing and unnecessary. Candice Wong reports:
HA chief urges people to get flu jabs  Listenfacebook
Health authorities are urging people to get their flu immunisation, warning the community may be more susceptible to influenza this year. Nathale Ching reports:
Environmental price of disposable masks  Listenfacebook
Disposable masks may have helped limit the spread of Covid-19 in Hong Kong over the past months, but a green group says the environment is paying a heavy price. Greeners' Action estimates that two billion disposable masks have been thrown out here since the pandemic began. It conducted a survey which found only 10 percent of respondents used reusable masks. The group's Stanley Wong told Natale Ching the government should do more to promote the use of reusable masks, and counter myths that they're not as safe or hygienic as disposable ones:
Operation Santa Claus: Mind HK  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus is now in full swing. Jointly organised with the SCMP, this year we are supporting 19 charities. One of the beneficiaries is Mind HK, whose aim is to raise awareness about mental health. Radio 3’s Annalie Chow speaks to Cecilia Yiu, manager of the Coolminds Project from Mind HK.