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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

2021-09-15
Wednesday

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Journalists Association stands firm against criticism  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association says the group won't give up and disband, despite having accusations levelled against it by the security secretary. Chris Tang has claimed the association is "infiltrating" schools to recruit students as journalists and that its executive committee is not representative. Timmy Sung reports:
HKJA chief urges minister to stop attacks  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Ronson Chan, has rejected the accusations from the security chief. He told Timmy Sung the secretary should stop his attacks:
Prisoners' rights group disbands  Listenfacebook
Prisoners' rights group Wall-fare says it has disbanded. Its founder, former lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun, says despite always being cautious, the group can no longer carry on. The group was founded in December to support the well-being of people jailed over the 2019 protest movement. Jimmy Choi reports:
Activist says more groups need to support inmates  Listenfacebook
A prisoners' right advocate has expressed disappointment at the folding of Wall-fare and says he hopes more groups will participate to support the welfare of inmates. Richard Tsoi from the Society for Community also said it was difficult for such groups to conduct their work in jails due to restrictions from the authorities. He told Samantha Butler that authorities should provide proof that the activities of such concern groups were a threat to national security:
New tax guide says charities must safeguard national security  Listenfacebook
A legal consultant says charities must prove to tax authorities that their activities don’t contravene the national security law or assist anyone who does. Michelle Chow, a consultant for the law firm Withersworldwide, was commenting after the government amended the tax guide so charities deemed to promote activities against national security would no longer have tax exemption status. The Inland Revenue Department regularly requires charities to provide their accounts and a list of activities. Chow, who advises clients on charity law, told Janice Wong several hundred charities have lost their status since the last update of the tax guide:
Carrie Lam denies re-election rumours  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has denied that her plan to restructure the government is aimed at preparing herself to stand for re-election next year. As Timmy Sung reports, Lam says the only reason she thinks the revamp is necessary is because it's good for Hong Kong's future development:
Property owners upset over rent cap proposal  Listenfacebook
The head of a property owners' group says landlords are sick of being labelled as “bad and mean people”. It comes after the government announced details of its plan to cap rent increases for subdivided flats. Maggie Ho reports:
China's UK ambassador banned from parliament  Listenfacebook
The Chinese ambassador to Britain has been banned from attending an event in the country's parliament because Beijing imposed sanctions earlier this year on lawmakers who highlighted alleged human right abuses in Xinjiang. Robert Kemp reports:
HK ranked world's freest economy  Listenfacebook
A Canadian think-tank has once again ranked Hong Kong as the world's freest economy. But it's also warned that an "increased insecurity of property rights" and "the weakening of the rule of law" caused by interventions by Beijing will likely affect the city's future scores. The government welcomed the ranking but challenged the commentary. Frances Sit reports:
Evergrande shares sink  Listenfacebook
Shares of China Evergrande in Hong Kong sank below their listing price on Tuesday, after the company issued a warning about its deepening financial troubles. The country's most indebted developer finished down 12 percent at HK$2.97 - well under its IPO price of HK$3.50. The company has announced that it’s hired financial advisers to explore solutions to ease its cash crunch, warning there's no guarantee the company will meet its financial obligations. Nigel Stevenson, an analyst from GMT Research, told Joanne Wong that he believed the financial advisors may start with assisting the troubled developer with the difficult task of selling its assets: