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Xie Yang could not have pleaded guilty voluntarily Listen
Veteran pro-democracy activist, Albert Ho, says people who are familiar with mainland human rights lawyer, Xie Yang, know that he would have never admitted the subversion charges against him. Ho, who’s the Chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, says Xie was probably threatened, humiliated or even tortured into pleading guilty. He also says the way the trial was conducted raises serious questions. Ho tells Annemarie Evans that he expects more human rights lawyers and activists to be convicted in the coming months.
Call for stringent cybersecurity measures for government contractors Listen
The information technology sector lawmaker, Charles Mok, has called on the government to impose stringent cybersecurity standards for its contractors in order to strengthen data protection. The call comes after the Highways Department confirmed that a computer being used on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project was hacked in March, and that the hackers had locked files, demanded ransom payments, and eventually deleted some folders after the police were notified. The consultancy firm Ove Arup & Partners, which owns the computer, says no personal information of staff was stored on the device, and that the project had not been affected. Mok tells Jim Gould that the severity of the incident is not known as information about it is still being collected.
Macron has passed symbolic threshold: correspondent Listen
Le Monde’s correspondent in Hong Kong, Florence De Changy, says pro-European centrist, Emmanuel Macron, has passed the symbolic threshold of getting more than 60 percent of the votes in the French presidential election. She says this makes his win credible, which is very important for him. The 39-year old – who has never held elected office – is France's youngest-ever head of state, and also the first president from outside the two traditional main parties since the fifth republic's foundation in 1958. Macron promised to fight the divisions in his country, re-build the links between the European Union and its peoples, and combat threats. De Changy speaks to Annemarie Evans.