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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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Govt waves off concerns over population drop  Listenfacebook
Official figures show Hong Kong's population fell by 87,000 people over the past year, or about 1.2 percent, to just over 7.39 million. But the government says that doesn't necessarily mean people have emigrated elsewhere. Priscilla Ng reports:
Many Election Committee seats uncontested  Listenfacebook
Elections are around the corner for the influential Election Committee, which was previously tasked with choosing Hong Kong's leader, but after a revamp has broader powers - such as vetting candidates for the posts of CE and the legislature. But, with the number of nominations put forward only slightly exceeding the number of places available, it's not expected there will be many elections for the seats. As Timmy Sung reports, many of the hopefuls are expected to be returned unopposed after they're vetted by an eligibility panel consisting of top government officials and pro-Beijing figures:
Scholar sees no significant competition in EC polls  Listenfacebook
Political scholar Ma Ngok from the Chinese University says he doesn’t see any significant competition in the upcoming polls for the Election Committee, given that no pro-democracy candidates were put forward in stronghold sectors, such as education and social services. He told Samantha Butler the pan-democrats saw no point in nominating candidates because of the new vetting process requiring patriots to be in power in Hong Kong. He started by explaining the new role of the Election Committee:
Radical LSD party vows to fight on  Listenfacebook
Members of the League of Social Democrats say they'll keep campaigning for social justice. The vow from league vice-chair, Dickson Chau, came amid growing speculation about the future of the Civil Human Rights Front - a collection of groups that organise the annual July 1st protest rally. The Front meets on Friday, with reports suggesting the umbrella organisation will officially disband. The League of Social Democrats - a member of the Front - held a small protest next to Beijing's liaison office on Thursday to demand the release of jailed dissidents on the mainland. Chau declined to comment on reports about the Front disbanding, but told Joanne Wong his party would carry on with its work:
DOJ to follow up on miscarriage of justice  Listenfacebook
The Department of Justice says it will follow up and take appropriate action after it came under a scathing attack by three Court of Appeal Judges. The judges accused it of allowing “manifest injustice” to take place in a drugs trafficking case that saw a man wrongly convicted, eventually serving around five years behind bars. Priscilla Ng reports:
Another arrest over 2019 Yuen Long attack  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested a man in Tin Shui Wai over the mob attack on bystanders at the Yuen Long MTR station in July 2019, during the anti-government protest movement. Last month, seven of the attackers were jailed for up to seven years over offences including rioting and wounding. Timmy Sung reports:
Fortune teller arrested for cruel voodoo rituals  Listenfacebook
A self-confessed fortune teller has been arrested for animal cruelty, for allegedly abusing and killing rabbits and mice to perform "voodoo rituals”. Natale Ching reports:
Man given two Covid jabs in one go  Listenfacebook
The Department of Health says a 66-year-old man has been admitted to hospital after a nurse gave him two Covid-19 jabs in quick succession on Wednesday. The nurse at the Tuen Mun vaccination centre has been relieved of his duties. Infectious diseases specialist, Andrew Wong, says the recipient may experience more side effects than normal, but his condition shouldn't be too worrying. Dr Wong, an honorary associate professor at the Chinese University, told Violet Wong that the patient will still need another dose - his third - in 21 days:
HA to allow visits to acute hospitals  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority will allow fully vaccinated people to visit family members at 12 acute and specialist hospitals starting from next Wednesday. But a patients' rights group has questioned if the jab requirement is necessary, as Violet Wong reports:
RTHK among stations to air Tokyo Paralympics  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says RTHK can join other broadcasters to televise the Tokyo Paralympics live, after it was excluded from broadcasting the Olympics earlier. The Games kick off on August 24th, and the Hong Kong team will send 24 athletes to compete in eight sports. Natale Ching reports: