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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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New battle looms over Article 23   Listenfacebook
Pro-establishment forces have backed a call by Beijing's Liaison Office chief for Hong Kong to enact national security laws as required by Article 23 of the Basic Law. Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Ho Kai-ming said the people and the government of the SAR have a duty to maintain national security. But UK-based rights group, Hong Kong Watch, warned against using national security concerns as a justification to erode human rights and the rule of law here. The convenor of the pro-democracy camp, Tanya Chan, said trying to enact Article 23 legislation now would only serve to further divide the city. However, in making the call, liaison office head Luo Hui-ning said the failure to introduce national security laws had heightened Hong Kong's security risk and damaged China. He said the relevant legislation needed to be enacted "as soon as possible" to address what he described as a "systemic shortcoming." Damon Pang reports:
HK’s top judge dismisses concerns over judicial independence   Listenfacebook
Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma has dismissed concerns that Beijing is threatening Hong Kong's judicial independence, saying this is guaranteed under the Basic Law. He issued a statement on Wednesday night, following a Reuters report, quoting three unnamed top judges as saying the SAR’s independent judiciary is in a "fight for survival" due to growing interference from the central government. It also cited "people close" to Ma as saying he had been forced to contend with officials pushing Beijing's view that Hong Kong's rule of law is just a tool to preserve Communist Party rule. But the Chief Justice said he'd never experienced any such interference. However, University of Hong Kong law professor Johannes Chan told Richard Pyne that Beijing has been seeking to increase its influence over judges here for the past few years:
DSE exams to go ahead next Friday   Listenfacebook
Education officials say the delayed Diploma of Secondary Education exams will go ahead next week as planned, provided there's no significant rise in coronavirus infections. The exams have already been pushed back a month because of Covid-19. Education industry lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen told Mike Weeks he believes going ahead with the exams is the right decision:
Dengue fever new worry as coronavirus tails off   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has reported no new local cases of Covid-19 for a second day running. All four of the patients confirmed to have the respiratory disease on Wednesday recently returned from overseas. Wendy Wong reports on concerns health officials have about an outbreak of a different kind:
Calls grow for rescue flights to India  Listenfacebook
The government is being urged to bring home hundreds of Hong Kong residents stranded in India by the coronavirus pandemic as soon as possible. Similar rescue flights have already been carried out to Hunan, Japan, Peru and Morocco. Joanne Wong has the details:
Health crisis leads to delays in stroke treatment  Listenfacebook

A study by the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Medicine has found significant delays in stroke patients seeking hospital treatment during the coronavirus crisis. According to the study, patients sought medical attention at accident and emergency units an average of 60 minutes later than a year ago. It also found fewer patients who'd suffered a mini-stroke or transient ischaemic attack were taken to hospital. Dr Gary Lau, who led the study, told Janice Wong what’s behind the delays: