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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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New top judge against reviewing sentencing guidelines   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s new Chief Justice, Andrew Cheung, has rejected the idea of setting up a panel to review sentencing guidelines, saying this role is best served by the courts themselves. Shortly after he was sworn-in on Monday, Cheung also spoke out against unfounded criticism of judges at the opening of the new legal year. Timmy Sung reports:
Chief Justice ‘must fearlessly uphold’ judicial independence   Listenfacebook
Andrew Cheung was sworn-in as Hong Kong’s Chief Justice on Monday at a ceremony in Government House. In congratulating him, Chief Executive Carrie Lam vowed to "steadfastly safeguard" judicial independence, saying the government has always given its full support to the judiciary and would continue to do so. The vice chairwoman of the Bar Association, Anita Yip, told RTHK that exercising independence is one of the court’s central roles in Hong Kong and that she’s sure Cheung will continue this fearlessly. Janice Wong asked Yip if she was at all surprised that the Chief Justice had ruled out a review of sentencing guidelines:
Judiciary ‘commands respect’ through commitment to rule of law  Listenfacebook
The Chairman of the Bar Association, Philip Dykes, has urged the Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, to take action against what he calls "baseless criticism" of judges just because they decided a case one way rather than the other. Dykes said judges have been vilified by the media on many occasions because their decisions weren’t in line with some people’s political or moral agendas. He stressed that it is Cheng’s job to ensure those behind such attacks are held accountable:
HKJA upset by judge’s remarks   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) has expressed ‘extreme disappointment’ over a District Court judge’s remarks that reporters at the scene of a 2019 protest may have been part of a ‘riot’. It said such comments could be used to justify unwarranted attacks on journalists. Joanne Wong has the details:
Student acquitted of arson over conflicting testimony   Listenfacebook
The District Court has acquitted a university student of attempted arson during one the most violent anti-government protests of 2019, after two police officers who testified gave contradictory statements. Richard Pyne reports:
Covid outbreak at Tsing Yi ambulance station  Listenfacebook
Concerns are growing about coronavirus infections of Hong Kong healthcare and emergency workers, with a small outbreak now reported at an ambulance depot and at the city's top infectious diseases hospital. Here's Vicky Wong:
Homeless population surges amid coronavirus pandemic   Listenfacebook
A charity that provides support for homeless people in Hong Kong says it has seen a huge increase in the number of street sleepers in the past few months. The founder and chief executive of ImpactHK, Jeff Rotmeyer, says this increase is partly due to places like fast food restaurants shutting their doors overnight, in line with anti-epidemic restrictions. But he told Richard Pyne that they are also seeing more people sleeping on the streets because of job losses during the pandemic-driven recession:
Government urged to compensate farmers for Chinese New Year losses  Listenfacebook
The owner of Hong Kong's biggest orchid farm is calling on the government to compensate flower farmers for their losses over the cancellation of next month's Lunar New Year fairs. Violet Wong reports:
No concessionary fares for under 65s until 2022   Listenfacebook
The government says plans to allow people aged between 60 and 64 to take public transport for just two dollars a trip won't be in place for another year. That's because they'll have to get a personalised Octopus card in order to benefit, and that will take time. Frances Sit reports:
Democrats set process to oust Trump in motion  Listenfacebook
Democrats in the US House of Representatives have formally begun the process of impeaching President Trump for a second time. This time he's accused of inciting and fomenting the attack on the Capitol Building by thousands of his supporters last Wednesday while Congress was in session. But the Democrats, who control the House, have also given Vice-President Mike Pence 24 hours to invoke Article-25 of the US constitution to strip the president of his powers before they move forward with an impeachment vote. The party and others are concerned about the potential for future violence, especially surrounding the inauguration of Joe Biden as US President on January 20. Mike Weeks asked Ben Emons, managing director global macro strategy, at Medley Global Advisors, how serious the threat is of further violence from Trump supporters:
Ban on investment in PLA-linked firms ‘detrimental’ to US interests   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s first exchange traded fund has announced it will no longer make new investments in firms covered by a US ban on companies linked to China’s military. The Tracker Fund of Hong Kong, which tracks the Hang Seng Index and is the city's most actively-traded ETF, also says Americans should no longer invest in the fund. Professor Ho Lok-sang is a senior research fellow at the Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute at Lingnan University, Mike Weeks asked him what impact the move will have on investors: