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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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Three years in prison for calling for election boycotts   Listenfacebook
The government has formally proposed making it a crime for people to urge others to cast blank or spoiled ballots, or not to vote at all. This was included in a host of amendments to be tabled in the Legislative Council on Wednesday to bring local laws into line with the sweeping electoral changes instituted by Beijing last month. The administration also unveiled the 10 new geographical constituencies in which Hong Kong's electorate can vote on December 19. They will now return just 20 of the 90 seats in the expanded legislature. Maggie Ho reports:
Carrie Lam admits conflict over her role on vetting committee   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that she'll be adding a number of community leaders to the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee. This powerful new body will vet all candidates for the Election Committee, Legco and Hong Kong’s top job. Lam did not give any details on exactly who will sit on it but she did acknowledge concerns about a sitting chief executive – as head of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security – advising this new body on the eligibility of a rival candidate. Wendy Wong reports:
Outlawing ballot-spoiling advocacy ‘will do little’ to boost participation   Listenfacebook
Political analyst Ma Ngok says the government's move to criminalise the advocacy of spoiling ballots or not voting indicates it has little confidence in the sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system. But he expects there will still be a sharp drop in voter turnout for December's Legislative Council elections. He spoke to Wendy Wong:
Couple found guilty of murdering five-year-old child   Listenfacebook
A father and a stepmother have been convicted of murdering their five-year-old daughter. As Violet Wong reports, the High Court jury heard the girl had repeatedly been abused by the couple before she died in 2018:
Sham Tseng block locked down for testing  Listenfacebook
No new coronavirus cases were found after authorities locked down around 780 residents of a tower block in Sham Tseng on Tuesday night. Tower 2 of Lido Garden was sealed off for overnight testing after one person living there came down with Covid-19. Wendy Wong reports:
CE defends jab incentive plan   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has defended her plan to require people to get Covid jabs in order to benefit from eased restrictions covering everything from travel and dining, to care home visits and religious gatherings. She dismissed suggestions that the phased and conditional plans are too complicated, and stressed that stronger measures are needed to encourage vaccinations in light of a low take-up rate. Violet Wong reports:
Government says ‘National Security Education Day’ is for all   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's first "National Security Education Day" on Thursday will see a whole host of activities and spectacles, from talks and competitions to goose stepping firemen. But while a special website launched for the occasion explains how the day is for everyone, it's only available in Chinese, as Damon Pang reports:
Joshua Wong gets another four months in jail   Listenfacebook
Activist Joshua Wong has been given another four months in prison after pleading guilty to joining an unauthorised assembly and violating the anti-mask law he was protesting against two years ago. Frances Sit reports:
Elderly petrol bomber given three and a half years  Listenfacebook
A man in his 60s has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for throwing petrol bombs at a police staff quarters last year. The judge said the defendant ought to "turn his hostility into calmness". Vicky Wong has more:
Drop in bird visitors raises concerns   Listenfacebook
Conservationists are calling on the government to do more to preserve wetlands in Hong Kong. That's after a recent census by the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society found that fewer migratory birds are returning to the territory. One of its researchers, Yu Yat-tung, was involved in counting black-faced spoonbills, along with more than 200 experienced bird watchers around Asia. He spoke to Mike Weeks about their findings:
Light seen at the end of the tunnel for retail property   Listenfacebook
Real estate services firm CBRE says the commercial property market has been showing signs of recovery despite high street shop vacancies climbing to nearly 18 percent in the first quarter of this year. That’s up two percentage points from the previous three-month period. CBRE's Greater Bay Area head of research, Marcos Chan, said more retailers have been out and about looking for rental space. He spoke to Joanne Wong: