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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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Jailing of activists ‘reinvigorates’ pro-democracy movement  Listenfacebook
At least 22,000 people marched to the heart of Central on Sunday to show their support for former student Occupy leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, and 13 land-rights activists jailed last week following sentence reviews by the Court of Appeal. As Jimmy Choi reports, organisers and many protesters were encouraged by the big turnout for the demonstration after the loss of momentum at pro-democracy marches over the past two years:
Resentencing raises new concerns over justice secretary’s appointment  Listenfacebook
Top government officials and others have defended the Court of Appeal decision to resentence the three former student Occupy leaders to prison. Hong Kong’s Bar Association and Law Society have also hit out at local and international media for suggesting there were political motives behind the six to eight-month prison terms handed down to Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. But while the media and others should possibly be wary of questioning the court’s ruling, should they also be wary of talking about political persecution in these cases, when Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen refused last week to deny that he overruled the advice of his prosecutors not to appeal the sentences of the three? Mike Weeks asked Danny Gittings - an associate professor in law at HKU Space:
‘No urgent need to change national education’: Christine Choi  Listenfacebook
The Under Secretary for Education, Christine Choi, has conceded that officials initially failed to closely follow up on the so-called phantom pupil scandal that led to the sacking of the principal of a primary school in Tuen Mun. But Choi said that's because the problem at Hing Tak School did not involve any government subsidy. She also said there's no urgent need to change the way national education is being taught in schools. Damon Pang reports:
North Korea warns US over annual military drill  Listenfacebook
North Korea has warned the United States that it'll be "pouring gasoline on fire" by conducting an annual war game in the South this week amid the heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. Combative rhetoric between the nations spiked last month after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles that appeared to bring much of the US within its range. That sparked a warning from President Trump that Washington could rain "fire and fury" on Pyongyang. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, whether the Trump Administration should take the warning from Kim Jong-un’s regime seriously:
Green group says Hongkongers are walking less  Listenfacebook
An environmental group is urging the public to walk more, after finding a sharp decline in the number of people willing to go to their destinations by foot in a recent survey it carried out. More than 70 percent of the 500 people questioned by the World Green Organisation still said they were willing to walk instead of taking transportation. But that's down 15 percentage points from a similar poll a year ago. Ian Pooler asked the group's Chief Executive, William Yu, what has made Hong Kong people less willing to walk:
Swire Group maintains treasure trove of HK history  Listenfacebook
Old established companies in Hong Kong can provide a wealth of information on how the territory transformed from a fishing village into one of the world's wealthiest cities. RTHK’s Timmy Sung's uncovered a few gems, as he sifted through 150 years of history during a tour of Swire's archives: