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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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‘Fake authorisation’ sought for XRL   Listenfacebook
The government has been accused of seeking to legitimise its proposal for a co-located border in Kowloon for the Express Rail Link by getting it rubber-stamped by the majority it commands in the Legislative Council. The administration will move a non-binding motion in about three weeks’ time on the plan, which would see mainland officials operate under mainland law in the terminus in West Kowloon. Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan, who leads a concern group opposing the plan, says she's surprised by the government's decision to try to get what she called "fake authorisation" from legislators. She told Jim Gould that Carrie Lam's administration already knows it has enough votes to get what it wants but refuses to acknowledge that the plan violates the Basic Law:
Right time to push XRL plan forward: Tien   Listenfacebook
Pro-establishment legislator Michael Tien - the convenor of the Roundtable group and chairman of the Legislative Council's railways subcommittee - welcomed the government’s move to push forward debate among lawmakers over the co-location plan. He told Mike Weeks why:
Courts to rule on constitutionality of live-in rule   Listenfacebook
The High Court has heard that it's unconstitutional to require foreign domestic helpers to live with their employers. This was the argument put forward as it began hearing a judicial review of the so-called "live-in rule". Joanne Wong has the details:
King speaks out against Catalan independence   Listenfacebook
King Felipe of Spain has accused the Catalan authorities of inadmissible disloyalty in holding a referendum on independence. In a rare televised address, the king said the vote was illegal, and that without respect for the law, there could be no peace and freedom. His speech comes as huge crowds demonstrated in Catalonia against the police's brutal efforts to halt Sunday’s referendum. Ian Pooler asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey if the tone of King Felipe's speech was expected:
Tougher action unveiled on piracy   Listenfacebook
The entertainment industry is stepping up its fight against copyright piracy. The Hong Kong Creative Industries Association has set up a database of piracy websites - to try to deter companies from pumping advertising revenue into these pages. The alliance of movie and publishing companies says the "Infringing Website List" has been made available to advertisers, in the hope that they won't place commercials on the websites. Robert Lee is the Association's Chairman. Ian Pooler asked him how the database works: