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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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RTHK journalist convicted over licence plate searches   Listenfacebook
RTHK journalist Bao Choy has been fined HK$6,000 after being convicted of carrying out improper searches of a car licence plate database. These were carried out as part of an award-winning documentary on who was behind the vicious mob attack at Yuen Long Station in July 2019. Jimmy Choi was at West Kowloon Court for the verdict:
Bao Choy verdict ‘destroys remnants of press freedom’  Listenfacebook
Eight local journalists' groups have denounced the conviction of RTHK journalist Bao Choy for carrying out improper car licence plate searches as part of an investigation into the Yuen Long Station attack in 2019. In a joint statement, they said the verdict had "viciously destroyed the remnants of press freedom in Hong Kong." They said Choy was convicted for normal reporting work that was done in the public interest, and accused the government of helping the powerful hide the truth under the guise of protecting people's privacy. Veteran journalist Mak Yin-ting, a former chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, spoke to Violet Wong:
Newsgatherers fear for the future  Listenfacebook
Some in the news business say the legal problems faced by freelance reporter Bao Choy are just indicative of what's happened to investigative journalism in Hong Kong. Access to all sorts of official information has been tightened, while newsrooms have been cut back with investigative reporters sacked or resigning. The government says it’s firmly committed to protecting and respecting the freedom of the press. But in making that pledge, it also vowed to do more to explain the national security law, so people won’t be “misguided by misreporting or unfounded criticisms by politicians with self-serving political agendas.” Joanne Wong takes a look at how newsgatherers have become the news:
Cross-contamination blamed for 30 positive Covid tests  Listenfacebook
Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung says cross-contamination in a private lab testing samples for the coronavirus may have resulted in more than two dozen false positives. The expert inspected the lab run by BGI after it yielded 30 positive samples on the same day. Joanne Wong reports:
Employment outlook finally brightens  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's average unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in the first three months of this year. That's down from 7.2 percent in the three months to February. Officials say the hard-hit retail, accommodation and food services industries all saw improvements. Natixis APAC economist Gary Ng told Annemarie Evans the figure was better than he'd expected:
Cathay Pacific set to shut overseas pilot bases   Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific has announced that it will close its Canadian pilot base, as it proposed to also shut down its pilot bases in Australia and New Zealand. Priscilla Ng reports:
Consensus said to have been reached on resumption of local tours   Listenfacebook
Tourism industry lawmaker Yiu Si-wing says he thinks local tours could resume as early as next month. He also says the government's agreed not to require participants in such outings to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Wendy Wong has more:
Family money-laundering racket busted   Listenfacebook
Customs officers say they've broken up a family-run syndicate that they suspect of laundering some HK$2.5 billion in just two years. Timmy Sung has the details:
Kwun Tong musical fountain gets mixed reviews   Listenfacebook
The controversial musical fountain on the Kwun Tong promenade finally opened on Thursday. With a price tag of more than HK$50 million, critics say it's a white elephant. District councillors tried to halt the project, but the government pushed ahead regardless. Visitors are now being treated to computer-programmed jets of water synchronised with music, and kids can play in the interactive wet zones. But Democratic Party Kwun Tong district councillor Edith Leung told Mike Weeks that she and others were left somewhat underwhelmed after paying it a visit: