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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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Amnesty sounds warning on HK civic society   Listenfacebook
Amnesty International says freedom of expression is in danger in Hong Kong and it cautioned against any restrictive law that makes insulting police officers a criminal offence. In its annual report, the human rights group said the right to peaceful assembly took a hit last year as authorities adopted a hard line against pro-democracy campaigners. The director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, Mabel Au, spoke to Mike Weeks:
Heung Yee Kuk challenged over ‘small house’ policy   Listenfacebook
An independent policy think tank is challenging the Heung Yee Kuk to make their case for the continuation of the controversial "small-house" policy in court, rather than just talking tough. The chairman of the rural council, Kenneth Lau, has lashed out at what he called malicious people with ulterior motives, who he says have been making provocative attacks on indigenous villagers. He said many of his constituents are worried about an upcoming legal challenge of the small house policy, which allows all male villagers to build a three-storey home. But Brian Wong of the Liber Research Community says Lau's contention that this is a constitutional right is simply not true. He spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Teachers blame school curriculum for homework overload   Listenfacebook
Most primary school teachers agree that their students have too much homework but say they have no choice over setting it because that's what the curriculum demands. A survey of more than 400 teachers by the Professional Teachers' Union found that students are assigned at least seven homework items per day, rising to ten or more at weekends. And more than 60 percent of the teachers questioned admitted giving students more homework on top of all that, to prepare them for the recently-revised primary school assessment test, the BCA. Fung Wai-wah - president of the teachers' union - told Ben Tse this is all detrimental to the development of Hong Kong's young:
FS urged to use huge surplus to tackle poverty   Listenfacebook
Concern groups want the financial secretary to include measures in his budget next week to help tackle inter-generational poverty. They say poor families face many problems, such as high education costs and poor living conditions. Ian Pooler asked Sze Lai-shan, from the Society for Community Organisation, what she would like to see in the budget:
Gormely, Emin on show at harbourfront park   Listenfacebook
Works from emerging and renowned Hong Kong and international artists are on display at the Harbour Arts Sculpture Park, on the harbourfront in Admiralty, for the next six weeks. The park is the city's first international sculpture park, where the public can enjoy free of charge sculptures from the likes of Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin. It was co-curated by Tim Marlow, the artistic director at the Royal Academy of Arts. He told Richard Pyne what he finds exciting about this exhibition: