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

2021-08-19
Thursday

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Fund that supports protesters to shut down  Listenfacebook
A fund that offers legal and financial support to the anti-extradition protest movement has announced it will shut down later this year. The fund raised more than $230 million to help protesters with legal fees or medical expenses. The decision came after the Alliance for True Democracy - which provided its bank account for donations - said it would fold. Timmy Sung reports:
Four HKU students arrested under security law  Listenfacebook
Four University of Hong Kong students will appear at West Kowloon Court on Thursday and are expected to be charged with advocating terrorism. They were arrested by national security police on Wednesday and are accused of being involved in a motion that was passed at a student union council meeting last month. The motion expressed sadness at the death of a man, who'd killed himself after stabbing a police officer on July 1. That motion had said they "appreciated" what they called his sacrifice. Violet Wong reports:
Bill approved to upgrade wildlife trafficking offences  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have approved a bill to treat certain wildlife offences as organised and serious crimes, in an effort to combat wildlife trafficking. As Frances Sit reports, the move to include these crimes in the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance will give authorities more power to clamp down on the activities by going after the syndicates and masterminds behind the illegal wildlife trade:
Conservationists welcome wildlife trafficking bill  Listenfacebook
Conservation groups say they are thrilled that Hong Kong authorities will be given more powers to combat wildlife trafficking. Sam Inglis, Wildlife Programme Manager for ADM Capital Foundation, told RTHK's Jim Gould he hoped the SAR could now lead the global fight against illegal wildlife trade:
Govt urged to clamp down on excess packaging  Listenfacebook
Environmental group Green Sense has urged the government to do more to educate the public and impose stricter rules on online shopping packaging, saying consumers have “gotten used to” over-packaging amid the pandemic. A recent study by the green group found over 780 million pieces of packaging waste was generated in Hong Kong over the past year. Green Sense's senior project manager, Gabrielle Ho, told Janice Wong about the results of its latest study:
HK Marathon only for fully-vaccinated  Listenfacebook
Organisers of the Hong Kong Marathon have said the event will be held on October 24, but it will open only to those who are fully-vaccinated against Covid-19. Timmy Sung reports:
UK rules out further inquiry over Afghanistan  Listenfacebook
The United States and Nato members are still facing criticism for allowing the Taliban to take full control of Afghanistan in a matter of days. In London, at an emergency sitting of parliament, the prime minister faced a barrage of criticism for the UK's failure to see what would happen. The opposition accused Boris Johnson of turning his back on Afghans in their hour of need. But Mr Johnson said it was an illusion to think the military mission could continue without the support of the United States. RTHK’s UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler more about the emergency session: