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

2020-05-22
Friday

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Beijing to impose a national security law on HK next Thursday  Listenfacebook
Beijing has unveiled plans to enact a national security law for Hong Kong in less than a week from now. State media says it's intended to strengthen the SAR's "weak" legal system, to help Carrie Lam's administration stamp out the nearly year-long anti-government unrest. But Pan-democrats say it will spell the end of One Country, Two Systems. Timmy Sung reports:
China Daily says Beijing bill will end violence in HK  Listenfacebook
It's unclear what exactly Beijing’s proposed national security bill will contain, but media reports suggest it intends to outlaw secession, foreign interference and acts of terrorism in Hong Kong. More details will be unveiled on Friday after the official opening of the annual session of the National People’s Congress in the capital. The Communist Party newspaper, the China Daily, said it will help the authorities here end the long-running anti-government unrest. It described the SAR's legal system as weak and said the national legislation will provide the legal basis for concrete action to check the "escalation of violence" in Hong Kong. Carolyn Wright has more details:
Beijing’s imposition of legislation spells end for HK: Dennis Kwok  Listenfacebook
Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok says Beijing's move to enact a national security law for Hong Kong heralds the city’s end as an international financial centre. He said it'll make it very difficult for Washington to assert that the SAR still enjoys a high degree of autonomy, as required by the US Hong Kong Policy Act, if its special trade status is to be maintained. Well the US Senate has reacted quickly to Beijing's announcement that it will impose a national security law on Hong Kong. Robert Kemp has more:
Trump warns of strong US reaction if national security law is enacted  Listenfacebook
The US President, Donald Trump, says Washington will react strongly if Beijing imposes national security legislation on Hong Kong. The rising tensions between the US and China sent shares on Wall Street down about 0.8 percent on Thursday. Hang Seng Index futures were nearly 1.6 lower ahead of the start of trading in Hong Kong on Friday. Robert Kemp asked China analyst Mark O'Neill why Beijing had moved to enact the security law now:
HKJA warns police will get tougher with protesters  Listenfacebook
Representatives of four media groups held a meeting with the Police Commissioner, Chris Tang, on Thursday over the force’s treatment of reporters at recent protest. The Hong Kong Journalists Association was one of them. Its chairman Chris Yeung spoke to Janice Wong. She asked him first for his reaction to Beijing’s move to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong:
High Court decides Lau Siu-lai’s disqualification was wrong  Listenfacebook
Ousted pro-democracy lawmaker Lau Siu-lai has won her legal challenge over being barred from running in a 2018 Legislative Council by-election. That means the pro-establishment camp's Yan Chan has been ousted from the legislature. Priscilla Ng reports:
RTHK’s board works to ensure ‘accuracy and impartiality’  Listenfacebook
RTHK's Board of Advisers says a task force will be launched to make sure the public broadcaster's programmes comply with its charter, and fulfil its mission to promote a sense of national identity among Hong Kong people. This came after members of the board met with the secretary responsible for RTHK, Edward Yau, after the station received a second warning in a month from the Communications Authority over the lampooning of the police by the satirical programme, “Headliner.” Mike Weeks asked the chairman of RTHK’s board of advisors, Dr Eugene Chan, if the broadcaster is now in a difficult position: