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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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Occupy leaders put behind bars   Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal has jailed democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow for between six and eight months for leading the storming of Civic Square in September 2014 - the event that triggered the 79-day Occupy sit-ins. In resentencing the three, who’ve already completed community service for the offences, one of the judges decried the trend of Hong Kong activists willfully breaking the law. Maggie Ho reports:
International criticism over jailing of Wong, Law and Chow   Listenfacebook
The decision to seek jail terms for three former student leaders of the Occupy movement and their subsequent sentencing has drawn widespread criticism, including from the US Congress and international human rights organisations. Richard Pyne has the details:
Tougher sentences needed to uphold rule of law: Ronny Tong   Listenfacebook
A senior government source who declined to be identified has told Reuters that top prosecutors had initially "not recommended pursuing" the case against the three Occupy leaders further after the non-custodial terms were handed down. But he said the Justice Secretary, Rimsky Yuen, overruled them and insisted on re-opening Joshua Wong's case. But the Department of Justice insists that all decisions were made in accordance with the Prosecution Code, the applicable law and relevant evidence. It denies the case was politically motivated. Executive Councillor and barrister Ronny Tong said he was “flabbergasted” by the report. He said there were a series of fundamental mistakes made by the lower courts that had to be rectified by the Court of Appeal. He told Mike Weeks that the prison sentences uphold Hong Kong’s rule of law:
Jailing of pro-democracy activists ‘will further divide society’   Listenfacebook
Professor Ma Ngok, from the Chinese University's Department of Government and Public Administration, says jailing the three former student Occupy leaders has made it much harder for the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, to fulfill her election pledge to heal the divisions in Hong Kong. He told Wendy Wong it would now be meaningless for the government to reopen Civic Square:
13 killed in Barcelona terror attack   Listenfacebook
At least thirteen people were killed and dozens injured after a van was driven into the crowds at one of Barcelona's most popular market sites on Thursday evening. The white van was driven at speed along the famous pedestrianised area called Las Ramblas. Islamic State extremists have claimed responsibility for the attack. Catalonia police say two people have so far been arrested. London-based correspondent Peter Anderson spoke to Ian Pooler about the attack:
Spilled palm oil to be recycled   Listenfacebook
The government has found two biofuel companies who have agreed to take the leaked palm oil collected from the Pearl River Estuary. Each of the green fuel firms will get half of the 200 tonnes of palm oil collected from Hong Kong waters and beaches and will turn it into biofuel. One of the companies is ASB Biodiesel. Its CEO, S.M. Cheung, told Mike Weeks how much biodiesel he hopes to recycle from the palm oil spill: