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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Ian Pooler


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National anthem falls victim to extradition bill   Listenfacebook
With the controversy over extradition far from over, another contentious bill and spending request are facing delays in the Legislative Council. The government decided on Wednesday not to resume the second reading of the proposed national anthem law until after Legco's summer break, while funding for Chief Executive Carrie Lam's Lantau Tomorrow Vision plan has been pushed to the bottom of the pile. Frances Sit has the details:
Security chief defends policing of anti-extradition protests   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, faced tough questioning in Legco on Wednesday over the level of force used by police against protesters and reporters during the clashes that erupted outside the legislature exactly a week before. Lee insisted it had been appropriate despite injuries to some 80 people – protesters, police and jounalists. But he did apologise to the people of Hong Kong over the government's bid to try to railroad the extradition amendments into law, as Timmy Sung reports:
Fmr IPCC member calls for inquiry into extradition-bill violence   Listenfacebook
A former member of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), Kenneth Leung, says there should be an independent enquiry into complaints of excessive use of force against anti-extradition protesters by police in Admiralty. The Professionals Guild lawmaker said the IPCC may not be efficient and effective enough to handle a project of that scale. He was speaking to Janice Wong about the policing of last week’s protests:
Student leaders threaten more anti-extradition action  Listenfacebook
Student leaders of major universities are urging people to surround the government's headquarters Friday morning and launch “civil disobedience” action elsewhere on their own if the government fails to meet a deadline of 5pm Thursday to address their demands in the wake of last week's clashes over the extradition bill. The spokeswoman of City University's students' union, Joey Siu, outlined their demands to Annemarie Evans:
Attitudes ‘need to change’ to improve government-youth relations   Listenfacebook
In apologising for her government's poor handling of the extradition bill on Tuesday, the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, said one of her top priorities would be to restore young people's trust and confidence in her administration. But that's easier said than done. Kerry Kennedy, a professor emeritus and adviser for academic development at the Hong Kong Education University, has published research which says "current youth disaffection and alienation is well entrenched in anti-government feelings." Ian Pooler asked Kennedy when such anti-government sentiment started to take root among young Hong Kong people:
CAD submits bill to regulate drones   Listenfacebook
The government has proposed enacting legislation to regulate the use of drones. In a paper submitted to Legco's Economic Development Panel, the Civil Aviation Department said it wanted owners of drones that weigh more than 250 grams to register and purchase third-party risk insurance. It added that people flying drones weighing more than seven kilograms should be required to undertake advanced training and assessment from a training organisation approved by the department. Priscilla Ng asked pilot and Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam whether he welcomed the move: