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


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Chinese New Year falls casualty to ongoing unrest  Listenfacebook
Lunar New Year fairs across Hong Kong in January will only be allowed to sell flowers, in an unprecedented move the government admits is intended to cut down on crowds amid the ongoing protests. There will be no windmills for good fortune and certainly none of the traditional political and satirical merchandise, or stalls for raising donations. Virtually everyone but florists have been banned from bidding for space at the fairs, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Lee Cheuk-yan says fair ban intended to silence dissent   Listenfacebook
The colourful Chinese New Year fairs are normally an opportunity for charities, NGOs and political parties to raise donations. But all that will be stopped ahead of the January festivities. The pro-government Business and Professionals Alliance, which usually rents out a stall to raise funds, says it may have to resort to selling flowers this New Year instead. Nonetheless, alliance lawmaker Jeffrey Lam said he supports the government's decision. But veteran pro-democracy activist, Lee Cheuk-yan, says the ban is nothing short of political suppression aimed at silencing dissent. He is the secretary for the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, which has had a stall at the fair in Victoria Park for nearly three decades. Lee told Annemarie Evans that 'public safety' is being used as a smokescreen to strip Hong Kong people of their rights:
Journalists Association hits back over police complaint letters   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) is questioning whether the police are trying to intimidate reporters by sending complaint letters to six media organisations whose staff took part in a silent protest at a police briefing on Monday. The force called off the briefing after the reporters placed signs on their helmets saying "investigate police violence, stop police lies." But HKJA chairman Chris Yeung told RTHK the journalists only took the action because the force ignored repeated requests for talks about police violence against reporters. He spoke to Violet Wong:
Teen convicted of carrying offensive laser pointer   Listenfacebook
A teenager caught with a laser pointer and a modified umbrella near a protest in Tuen Mun two months ago has been found guilty of possessing offensive weapons. This has raised concerns that authorities may use the conviction to justify future prosecutions against people who carry normally innocuous objects. Richard Pyne has the details:
Protests disrupt university convocations   Listenfacebook
Graduation ceremones were disrupted by protesters on Thursday at the University of Science and Technology and the Chinese University. The event at CUHK was eventually was brought to an early close after it saw face masks, protest slogans, a march on campus and a knife incident. Timmy Sung was there:
Youths disturbed by protests but more worried by exams   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (FYG) says hundreds of emotionally disturbed young people have called its counselling hotline seeking help over the past few months because they're troubled in some way by the anti-government protests. It said many students felt depressed and helpless after keeping track of the prolonged protests on TV or social media. But despite that, a recent survey by the federation found the main worries among secondary school students remain exams and academic grades. Hsu Siu-man - the FYG co-coordinator for services – told Janice Wong more about those calling its hotline:
Macron declares NATO brain dead   Listenfacebook
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has rejected sweeping criticism of the western military alliance made by the French President, Emmanuel Macron. He told the Economist magazine that a lack of strategic decision-making between the US and its NATO allies was leading to what he termed 'brain death' in the western military bloc. Mike Weeks asked London-based correspondent Peter Anderson what Macron meant by that:
Op. Santa 2019 gets underway   Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus - the annual charity drive organised by RTHK Radio 3 and the South China Morning Post - is once again underway. This year's campaign was launched last night at the HKEx Connect Hall, the former trading floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which is now an events space and museum. This year we're supporting 13 charities, and we'll be telling you all about them over the next few weeks. The launch event was attended by beneficiaries, donors and supporters of Operation Santa Claus, including ambassadors Stephanie Au - the Olympic swimmer - and singer and actor Pakho Chau. There were also two special guests: Bernard Chan, the convenor of the Executive Council, and Charles Li, CEO of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing. Steve James put together highlights of the launch: