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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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Thousands face fines for ignoring Covid-19 testing orders   Listenfacebook
The government has revealed that almost 10,000 people who were required to take coronavirus tests by Monday still had not done so by Tuesday night. It's warned it will take "resolute" action to ensure the public complies with mandatory testing orders. Richard Pyne has the details:
Health secretary threatens sanctity of people’s homes  Listenfacebook
The government has warned it could regulate private events, including those in people's homes, unless the public heeds advice to avoid gatherings across different households in order to try to limit the spread of Covid-19. Frances Sit reports:
New infections fall to lowest level in six weeks   Listenfacebook
The gradual decline in coronavirus cases continued on Tuesday. Infections fell to 32, the lowest daily total in a month and a half, as Maggie Ho reports:
Stranded HKers appeal for easing of UK travel ban   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong residents stranded in Britain have criticised Carrie Lam's administration for lacking understanding of their plight. They were reacting to the Chief Executive's defence of the decision to suspend all flights from the UK to prevent a more contagious Covid-19 variant from spreading here. The group, of around 400 stranded residents, says they've been told by immigration officials to return to Hong Kong via a third country. But they want the government to ease the travel ban or at least announce a date for it to end. One of them, Alexandra Aird, spoke to RTHK’s Annemarie Evans:
Retiring Chief Justice questions motives of reform advocates   Listenfacebook
The outgoing chief justice, Geoffrey Ma, says while he's not opposed to judicial reform, he is against such calls from people who don't get their way with court judgments. Candice Wong reports:
Geoffrey Ma has done ‘remarkable job’ in the face of pressure   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam sought on Tuesday to play down concerns over recent attacks by state media on the High Court judge who granted bail to Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai. The Communist Party’s People's Daily described the decision as "drastically hurting" the rule of law. Lam insisted it was a matter of free speech and she could not see how such comments would put pressure on the judiciary. In a pre-retirement speech, outgoing Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma said he knew of no instance of a judge who felt pressure to change their handling of a case just because of criticism. But he disparaged those pressing for judicial reform because they don't like some court judgments. Davyd Wong, a member of the Law Society’s governing council, spoke to Mike Weeks about Ma’s comments, in his personal capacity as a solicitor:
Licence plate search notification ‘aimed at blocking’ media probes  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive has dismissed suggestions that press freedom will be undermined by a new Transport Department service to alert people whose cars are subject to a licence plate search. Carrie Lam said the move was made to curb doxxing. Grace Leung is a lecturer at the Chinese University's School of Journalism. Janice Wong asked her if she agreed with the Journalists Association’s assessment that the service is aimed at tipping people off who are being investigated by the media:
Government urged to restore damage to Bishop Hill reservoir  Listenfacebook
Architectural services sector lawmaker Tony Tse has joined calls for the government to preserve the Bishop Hill reservoir and restore what has already been ripped apart of the Romanesque cistern. Wong Yin-ting has the details: