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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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Six schoolchildren held over suspected bomb plot   Listenfacebook
The police have arrested nine people, including six secondary-school students, on suspicion of engaging in terrorist activities. They are alleged to have plotted to blow up courts, cross-harbour tunnels and railways. As Jimmy Choi reports, the force’s national security department says the suspects are members of a pro-independence group:
HK ‘on the cusp of modest and small-scale insurgency’   Listenfacebook
Despite the nine arrests announced on Tuesday and the stabbing of a policeman on July 1, the head of a specialist political and corporate risk consultancy does not believe Hong Kong's overall security situation has become significantly worse. Steve Vickers, CEO of Steve Vickers and Associates, told Priscilla Ng the police have done a good job nipping violence in the bud:
Security chief says it’s immoral to make excuses for terrorist acts   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, has warned academics who defended those mourning the man who took his own life after stabbing a policeman on Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day that they could be encouraging people to support terrorism. In an extraordinary outburst in the Legislative Council, Tang suggested they may be responsible for Hong Kong being “painted in blood.” Frances Sit has the details:
CE insists violence nothing to do with government performance   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says it’s immoral for people to mourn the dead Causeway Bay attacker. She said violence cannot be justified when there are problems in society, insisting it has nothing to do with her government's performance. Wendy Wong reports:
Government urged to address polarization of society   Listenfacebook
The government has been urged to address the anger and resentment against the authorities in order to stop terrorist plots and attacks on the police. That came from political commentator Joseph Cheng. He was speaking to Mike Weeks:
Corporate lawyer jailed for attack on policeman   Listenfacebook
A lawyer convicted of attacking an off-duty policeman in 2019 has been given a four-and-a-half-month jail sentence. Wong Yin-ting reports:
CE hails election vetting trio as ‘loyal’   Listenfacebook
Three pro-Beijing heavyweights have been appointed as non-official members of a powerful new panel that will decide who gets to sit on the Election Committee, or take part in Legislative Council and Chief Executive elections. Wendy Wong reports:
Rent control legislation to be tabled next week   Listenfacebook
A concern group says legislation introducing rent controls on sub-divided flats should take effect as soon as possible. Housing chief Frank Chan says it would be tabled at Legco for its first reading next Wednesday, and could be in force by the end of this year or early next year. The proposals include introducing standard contracts and capping rent increases at 15 percent. But Lai Kin-kwok from the Hong Kong Subdivided Flats Concerning Platform told RTHK's Jim Gould that the process is taking too long, which could adversely affect tenants.
US Consulate staff ‘re-positive’ for Covid   Listenfacebook
Health officials say it is highly likely that a US Consulate General staff member, who tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, is a "re-positive" case. Violet Wong reports:
Fears over anti-doxxing law played down   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has sought to play down concerns that planned anti-doxxing legislation could lead to tech giants pulling out of Hong Kong. That was the warning sounded by the Asia Internet Coalition, or A-I-C, of which Facebook, Google and Twitter are members. But Lam said the law will only target ‘illegal doxxing’ behaviour and that anxieties over it will fade in time. The honorary president of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, Francis Fong, also doesn't think it will lead to an exodus of tech companies. He told Wendy Wong the new rules target platform users - not employees:
No end yet in consultation on plastic bottle recycling   Listenfacebook
Green groups are urging the government to move ahead on a plastic bottle recycling scheme. The authorities consulted the public on the scheme earlier this year. The green groups have proposed a HK$1 rebate for each plastic bottle to encourage recycling, sharply higher than the 10 cents that the government has suggested. The consultation ended in May, but the founder of the Green Earth, Edwin Lau, told Janice Wong officials are still collecting views:
Carrie Lam named ‘press freedom predator’  Listenfacebook
International journalism watchdog Reporters Without Borders has named Chief Executive Carrie Lam a "predator of press freedom". As Vicky Wong reports, the group accused Hong Kong’s leader of “relentlessly” targeting symbols of press freedom in the city: