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


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Beijing urged to free Liu Xiaobo’s wife after Nobel laureate’s death   Listenfacebook
China's best known political prisoner, Liu Xiaobo, has died at the heavily guarded hospital where he was being treated for late-stage liver cancer. He was 61. Liu won the Nobel peace prize in 2010 for his long-running struggle to bring democracy to China. The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Xi Jinping’s government bore a heavy responsibility for his death. The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has called for the release of the reform campaigner's wife, Liu Xia. Amnesty International's secretary-general, Salil Shetty, said the world has lost a giant of human rights, calling Liu a man of fierce intellect, principle, wit and above all, humanity. Altis Wong has this look back at his life:
Liu’s death described as ‘political murder’  Listenfacebook
The Chinese artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei, who now lives in Berlin, described Liu Xiabo's death as a testament to Beijing's brutality. China specialist Professor Willy Lam says all evidence points to the dissident’s death being a case of “political murder”. He said Liu’s liver problems were made known to mainland authorities more than a decade ago and that it’s obvious he was not given proper treatment during his time in jail. Lam spoke to Mike Weeks:
Court to decide fate of four pro-democracy lawmakers   Listenfacebook
A ruling will be handed down on Friday on the government's bid to unseat four more pro-democracy lawmakers. CY Leung's administration had called for the High Court to disqualify Nathan Law, Leung Kwok-hung, Edward Yiu and Lau Siu-lai, arguing the oaths of office they swore were invalid. Janice Wong reports:
Roadside air pollution ‘remains’ a major health threat   Listenfacebook
The Clean Air Network says public health is still under threat from roadside air pollution and has urged the government to set air pollution reduction targets as a top policy priority. In its mid-year review of air quality, the group noted an improvement in key air pollutants in recent years. But it said that air quality at street level remains unhealthy and could still fail to meet targets set for 2020. Loong Tsz-wai is the network’s community relations manager. Hugh Chiverton asked him where roadside air pollution is worse in Hong Kong:
Two Staunton Street tong lau saved   Listenfacebook
The tenement where the founders of the influential, but now-defunct Wah Kiu Yat Po newspaper lived, has been saved after the Urban Renewal Authority withdrew a controversial application to demolish two 1950s buildings in Staunton Street, in Central. The URA was due to take its application to the Town Planning Board on Friday. It wants to pull down about a dozen low-rise tenement buildings, or tong lau, in Staunton and Shing Wong streets and replace them with two high-rise towers. Katty Law, co-convenor of the Central and Western Concern Group, talked to Annemarie Evans about the URA decision: