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Anti-mask ban is ruled partially unconstitutional Listen
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the government's anti-mask law is largely unconstitutional... it says the ban is only valid when it comes to illegal gatherings, and police can't demand people to remove their masks. At the same time, the judgement is a partial victory for the government, as the court affirmed the Chief Executive's powers to make such emergency regulations under colonial-era laws. Pro-democracy lawmakers say they will take the case to the Court of Final Appeal, and the partially-revived ban could create a lot of confusion -- with almost everyone wearing masks nowadays. But barrister and Executive Councillor Ronny Tong told Annemarie Evans there was no question of ordinary people being accused of breaching the anti-mask law.
US labels HK as a national cybersecurity risk Listen
US authorities have labelled Hong Kong as a 'national security risk' as it told internet giant Google it cannot switch on a high-speed undersea internet cable that links the SAR with America. The US Justice Department said there was a "significant risk" that activating the almost 13-thousand kilometre undersea cable to Hong Kong would "seriously jeopardise the national security and law enforcement interests of the United States." Cyber security expert Anthony Lai, who was also the founder of Valkyrie-X Security Research, told Ben Tse that such concerns were unfounded.
Taiwan protests against claim it attacked WHO chief Listen
Taiwan has strongly protested against accusations from the head of the World Health Organization that it condoned racist personal attacks on him. Taiwan's foreign ministry said it could never instigate personal and racist attacks on the director-general of the WHO. Yesterday, WHO head, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accused Taiwan of being linked to a months-long campaign against him amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying he had received death threats and racist abuse. Annemarie Evans asked journalist Cindy Sui in Taipei how the island has reacted.