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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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Apple Daily bows out with record print run   Listenfacebook
Readers of Apple Daily were out in force at its Tseung Kwan O headquarters on Wednesday night offering their support in an emotional farewell to the newspaper. Hundreds of people also queued in the early hours of Thursday morning to snap up some of the one million copies from the pro-democracy paper's final print run. Frances Sit has the story:
Apple columnist Li Ping arrested on national security charges   Listenfacebook
The final edition of Apple Daily came out exactly a week after hundreds of police raided its headquarters and arrested executives of the newspaper and its parent company for allegedly colluding with foreign forces. The paper made the announcement that it was shutting down shortly after police arrested a 55-year-old man on Wednesday in connection with the on-going national security probe linked to the pro-democracy tabloid. The man is believed to be an Apple Daily columnist, as Timmy Sung reports:
Apple Daily’s demise ‘no surprise’  Listenfacebook
Chung Kim-wah, a political commentator from the Public Opinion Research Institute, was a contributor to Apple Daily. He said that the writing had been on the wall for the opposition newspaper following months of pressure from Beijing and the Hong Kong government. Chung told Mike Weeks that Apple’s closure is a symbol of the decline in freedoms in Hong Kong:
JA calls on authorities to protect press freedom   Listenfacebook
The head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Ronson Chan, says he expects greater self-censorship in local media following the demise of the Apple Daily. Damon Pang reports:
Apple Daily (1995-2021), from tabloid to pro-democracy bastion  Listenfacebook
Apple Daily's decision to stop publishing on Thursday marks the end of its 26-year run in Hong Kong. Damon Pang takes a look at how it forever changed the city's media landscape:
Future for Next Digital shares uncertain  Listenfacebook
Trading of shares in Apple Daily’s parent company, Next Digital, has been suspended since the massive police raid on the newspaper last Thursday. Mike Weeks asked Richard Harris, the chief executive of Port Shelter Investment Management, what the folding of the newspaper means for Next’s listing status:
Mutant Covid case breaks 16-day streak of no local infections   Listenfacebook
An airline ground staff has tested preliminary positive for a mutant strain of Covid-19. That's prompted health officials to lock down a Tai Po public housing estate block where he lives. Many buildings in the town were already under a compulsory testing order, as Todd Harding reports:
Faster testing urged to contain potential outbreak   Listenfacebook
Residents of more than 30 Tai Po buildings have been ordered to test for Covid-19 after a very high viral load was detected in sewage samples in the district. Anyone who’s been in the area for more than two hours in the past two weeks is required to get tested by Friday, except those who are fully vaccinated. A specialist in respiratory medicine Leung Chi-chiu said the Tai Po samples could mark the start of a fifth wave of coronavirus infections in Hong Kong. He spoke to Wendy Wong.
UK ‘should’ be put back on high-risk list   Listenfacebook
An infectious disease expert has urged the government put the UK back on a list of very high-risk countries and quarantine arrivals from there for 21 days even if they are vaccinated against Covid-19. Wendy Wong reports:
Tong Ying-kit pleads not guilty  Listenfacebook
Prosecutors have told the High Court that a national security suspect flew a flag bearing a protest slogan in order to incite others to commit acts of secession. This came at the start of Hong Kong's first national security trial, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Xi Jinping chats with space station crew   Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has lauded the work of three astronauts building China's first space station as opening "new horizons" in humanity's bid to explore the cosmos. As Timmy Sung reports, he made the comments during a chat from Beijing: