Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:Janice Wong and Ian Pooler
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CHRF not optimistic on overturning protest ban Listen
The Civil Human Rights Front says it is not optimistic it can overturn a police ban on a rally and march it wants to hold on Sunday. It is the second time the police have refused to issue a letter of no objection to one of its demonstrations, citing fears of violence. The vice-convenor of the group, Bonnie Leung, criticised the decision as "ungrounded", saying the cases police used as evidence had nothing to do with the Front. Leung told Ian Pooler she believed it may be a tactic of authorities to refuse peaceful marches so that public anger boiled over, allowing them to crack down.
Former official says HK is a rudderless ship Listen
The Former Chief Secretary Anson Chan has made a U-turn and now says the Chief Executive Carrie Lam should step aside in favour of someone who can resolve the ongoing political crisis in Hong Kong. In a BBC interview, Chan said she supported the underlying demands of anti-government protesters for fair and open elections. Samantha Butler reports.
Police deny blocking Fire Services from casualties Listen
Rumours continue about what took place on the night of August 31 at Prince Edward MTR station, when police clashed with protesters and later ejected observers and journalists from the scene. It has given rise to allegations that authorities covered up the deaths of three protesters, although they have consistently denied this. The Fire Services Department has now admitted there was a one-hour delay before ambulance officers were given access to the station platform to reach casualties. Police admitted that a police officer mistakenly told them that no one was injured there, chalking this up to 'miscommunication'. Candice Wong reports.
Eye injury woman challenges access to medical files Listen
A young woman who suffered a serious eye injury during the ongoing anti-government protests has asked the High Court to force police to show them a court warrant used to get hold of her medical records. Police have been accused of shooting the woman in the face with a bean bag round, but the force says nobody knows for sure that the injury was caused by one of its officers. Timmy Sung reports.
No overnight trains for Mid-Autumn Festival Listen
The MTR Corporation will not be offering overnight train services on Friday night as it normally does on the Mid-Autumn Festival, due to the recent damage and vandalism of train stations by anti-government protesters. Frances Sit reports.
Teachers under pressure amid protests Listen
The president of Hong Kong's largest teachers' union says members are coming under pressure from the Education Bureau and pro-government concern groups over student action in support of the extradition movement. Since schools resumed in September, many secondary school and tertiary students across Hong Kong have been taking part in class boycotts or other protest activities outside campuses. A survey by the Professional Teachers' Union showed many educators were feeling extra pressure amid the anti-extradition movement. Fung Wai-wah spoke to Janice Wong.
Fraser ranks HK as world's freest economy Listen
The government has rejected a warning from a Canadian-based research group that the SAR's position as the world's freest economy is under threat from Beijing. The Fraser Institute ranked Hong Kong top, followed by Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Mauritius. Sean Kennedy reports.
Fung jailed for misconduct Listen
Former top official Wilson Fung has been sentenced to nine months in prison for misconduct in public office, over his acceptance of HK$510,000 from a Macau businesswoman with whom he was having an affair. Frances Sit reports.
Awards show attempts to redress fast fashion Listen
Designers and manufacturers are trying to solve the problem of "fast fashion", a term used to describe moving designs quickly from the catwalk to consumers, but also to the garbage. There is a growing movement to create more sustainable fashion and reduce the industry's environmental impact. In the second part of a two-part series, Richard Pyne talks to finalists at the world's largest sustainable fashion design awards about how they hope the choices they are making will help solve the crisis.