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

2020-06-19
Friday

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Collusion with foreign forces banned under HK’s new security law  Listenfacebook
Beijing has drafted its national security law for Hong Kong, setting out the definition of crimes and the punishments they attract. Few details have been released as yet, but there's already concern over the wording on foreign interference, which has now been changed to outlaw collusion with foreign forces. Maggie Ho reports:
Journalists believe security legislation threatens press freedom  Listenfacebook
A survey has found that almost nine out of 10 Hong Kong journalists believe Beijing's national security law will seriously affect press freedom here. Some say they are so worried about it, they're thinking about quitting the industry altogether, as Maggie Ho reports:
National security law ‘may impact’ all areas of HK life  Listenfacebook
There are growing concerns that Beijing’s national security legislation will affect academic as well as press freedoms in Hong Kong, and impinge on many other aspects of life in the SAR. Tsui Lok-man is an assistant professor in the Chinese University’s School of Journalism and Communications. Mike Weeks asked him whether just agreeing to an interview with a foreign resident like himself could be construed as collusion in future:
Doubts cast over EDB motives in student guidance follow up  Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau says all primary and secondary schools must display the national flag and play the national anthem on three public holidays: New Year's Day, July 1 and October 1, or National Day. Schools are also being advised to do so on "important days and special occasions", such as the start of the new school year, open days and graduation ceremonies. Meanwhile, education industry lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen says he's worried the Education Bureau is trying to monitor schools rather than support them with its request for reports on how they're following up on students arrested over the anti-government protests. More than 1,600 under-18s have been arrested since last June. The government has urged schools to customise long-term guidance and discipline plans for them. Ip says schools have always supported such students. He told Frances Sit the bureau's intervention isn't helpful:
EAC rejects priority voting for the elderly  Listenfacebook
Election officials have rejected calls from the government and pro-Beijing parties to give elderly people and others with special requirements priority when it comes to voting in September's Legislative Council elections. Those who backed the idea said it would show society's care for people, but opponents said it would just allow certain groups to jump the queue. Damon Pang reports:
Musicians heave a sigh of relief as live performances return   Listenfacebook
After a three-month ban, live music has finally returned to Hong Kong bars and restaurants. The anti-epidemic measure was lifted on Friday, and that was not a moment too soon for many musicians. They have been struggling to make ends meet since April, when their primary source of income was completely cut off. As Candice Wong reports, some say the government hasn't done enough to help them:
Survey finds low awareness of indoor air pollution   Listenfacebook
A local green group has warned that Hongkongers don't have enough awareness about the sources of indoor air pollution. The World Green Organisation (WGO) says its survey of 500 people last month found the majority of respondents didn't know that pollutants such as ozone come from household objects and office equipment. The group says Polytechnic University has developed an indoor air quality index, and plans to launch a sensor to help people maintain good indoor air. The WGO's chief executive, William Yu, told Richard Pyne that it's especially important for people to learn about indoor air pollution as they’ve been forced to spend so much time in their homes:
Caroline Hill plans look set to go ahead despite opposition  Listenfacebook
District councillors and representatives of Caroline Hill residents will gather outside the Town Planning Board on Friday, in a last-ditch bid to halt redevelopment plans for the area. The administration wants to rezone a plot of land from "government, institutional and community" use to commercial, and also plans to build the new District Court building there. But the proposal is fiercely opposed by local residents, who say it will exacerbate traffic problems in the area around the Hong Kong Stadium. They are also worried about losing more open public space. Clarisse Yeung is the chairperson of the Wan Chai district council. She told Richard Pyne the government is ignoring public views in pushing ahead with its plans: