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



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Tsang to serve time in same prison as his former Chief Secretary  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's disgraced former Chief Executive is expected to be reunited with his former right-hand man in jail. Sources say Donald Tsang will serve his 20-month jail sentence for misconduct in public office in maximum-security Stanley Prison because of the sensitivity of his identity. Priscilla Ng reports:
Refugees who sheltered Snowden hunted by Sri Lankan police  Listenfacebook
Three Sri Lankan families who sheltered Edward Snowden say police from the Indian Ocean island have come to Hong Kong and are actively seeking them out. The families helped harbour the NSA whistleblower in 2013, after he fled the United States. But their lawyers say a combination of factors now means their safety is in jeopardy. As Richard Pyne reports, they're now seeking police protection, amid concerns they could be forcibly taken from Hong Kong:
Police protection urged for Sri Lankan asylum-seekers  Listenfacebook
Lawmaker, Charles Mok, has been assisting the Sri Lankan families who sheltered Edward Snowden. He expressed hope that police would investigate their claims and give them protection. Mok told Samantha Butler that Hong Kong needed to be careful and vigilant about any illegal law enforcement taking place in the SAR by foreign governments. He said the claims made by the Sri Lankan families were very credible:
Call for new law to protect police from insults  Listenfacebook
Several pro-government lawmakers are looking to introduce legislation to make insulting public officers a criminal offence. Calls for such protection for the police have grown since the conviction last week of seven officers for beating up activist, Ken Tsang, at the height of the Occupy protests in 2014. But some pan-democrats have questioned whether such protection is feasible or even necessary. Frances Sit reports:
HKU to consider stripping Chief Executive powers  Listenfacebook
Sources say the panel reviewing how the University of Hong Kong is run has recommended stripping the Chief Executive of most of his powers over the institution. As Priscilla Ng reports, this would be done by making the position at the university an honorary one:
Education Secretary accused of offering “alternative facts”  Listenfacebook
A parent says he’s surprised by comments from the Education Secretary, Eddie Ng, who said on Thursday that a recent spate of student suicides may have nothing to do with academic pressure. Odilon Couzin from the TSA Concern Group and the Citizens' Alliance to Prevent Youth Suicide said it seemed like Ng was presenting “alternative facts like Donald Trump”. Five pupils have taken their lives since schools resumed after the Lunar New Year holidays. The education chief has been fending off criticism of his revised Territory-wide System Assessment, now rebranded as Basic Competency Assessments. Many parents say the tests put undue pressure on children. Couzin told Ian Pooler that data in Hong Kong has shown that academic pressure is a big factor in student suicides here: