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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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Legco set to scrutinise proposed changes to extradition laws   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, insists the government's extradition proposals must have retroactive effect, claiming that's in line with people's wishes. Lam also said it's now up to lawmakers to endorse the changes. She was speaking just ahead of the first meeting of the committee set up to vet the legislative changes. Joanne Wong reports:
‘Not much time’ to vet extradition amendments   Listenfacebook
The bills committee to scrutinise the proposed amendments to the extradition laws will meet on Wednesday, with the election of a chairman its first priority. Pro-establishment lawmaker Paul Tse was expected to get the job. He said he'd strictly follow rules and procedures if elected. Tse said because time is limited, he would try to stop lawmakers from diverting or slowing the meetings. But he told Janice Wong he had no plans at the moment to limit discussion on the proposed changes to Hong Kong's fugitive laws:
HK’s renewable energy target ten times lower than neighbouring cities   Listenfacebook
The government has been accused of failing to live up to its responsibility under the Paris climate agreement. CarbonCare InnoLab says officials set very low targets for switching to renewable energy, of three-to-four percent by 2030. So how does that target compare with those set in other cities in the region? Mike Weeks asked John Sayer, the NGO's research director:
Celebrity taxi video ‘shows deficiencies’ in privacy laws   Listenfacebook
A video showing two celebrities kissing in a taxi has raised serious concerns about Hong Kong's privacy laws. Singer-actor Andy Hui and actress Jacqueline Wong were caught on dash-cam footage released by Apple Daily. Hui has since apologised to his wife, singer Sammi Cheng. The Privacy Commissioner says a taxi is a "semi-private" space and cab owners and drivers must have clear signs informing passengers when they're being videoed. He also said if those images are used for anything other than their intended purpose - security - that may violate the law. But Professor John Bacon-Shone, who researches privacy policy at the University of Hong Kong, says legislation protecting the privacy of passengers is not strong enough:
Opening up of mainland film industry to HK welcomed   Listenfacebook
A local film critic has questioned whether a move by Beijing to allow greater Hong Kong participation in mainland and joint Hong Kong-mainland productions would give a much-needed boost to the ailing local movie industry. The easing of relaxations would allow more Hong Kong performers and professionals to take part in cross-border filmmaking. Richard Pyne asked critic David Chan if this was good news for Hong Kong’s film industry:
Millennials may be key in Indonesian elections   Listenfacebook
Tens of millions of Indonesians were casting ballots on Wednesday in presidential and parliamentary elections in the world's biggest single-day vote. President Joko Widodo had a big lead over ex-general Prabowo Subianto in opinion polls heading into the election. But is that likely to hold true in the actual vote? Ian Pooler asked Southeast Asian correspondent Luke Hunt, in Jakarta, about the main issues in the massive election undertaking: