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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

2020-08-11
Tuesday

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US sanctions at the heart of massive national security law sweep   Listenfacebook
Police say the arrests of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai and nine others under the national security law and Monday's raid on the newspaper's offices was the culmination of an investigation into a group that had been demanding sanctions on Hong Kong. The massive operation followed the sanctioning of 11 officials - including the head of Beijing’s Liaison Office, Luo Huining, and Chief Executive Carrie Lam - by the US on Friday over the imposition of the security legislation. Robert Kemp reports:
Agnes Chow held for inciting secession  Listenfacebook
A statement posted on Agnes Chow's social media account on Monday night confirmed that the pro-democracy activist and former Demosisto member had also been detained by national security police. Here's Tom McAlinden:
Raid designed to have chilling effect on HK: Lee Cheuk-yan   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office applauded Monday’s arrests, and called for people who collude with foreign forces and harm national security to be severely punished. It claimed that Jimmy Lai is one such person, accusing him of planning and organising illegal protests, using his media to spread rumours and incite violence, and providing financial support for anti-China and pro-independence forces. Veteran democracy actvisit and former lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan gave Mike Weeks his views on the massive police operation:
Police raid an ‘outrageous attack on press freedom’  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Chris Yeung, said the raid on Apple Daily’s offices demonstrate that the police have been given too much power under the national security law. He said this will only add to the atmosphere of "white terror" among journalists in the city. The head of the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Keith Richburg, described Monday's show of police force as outrageous. The veteran journalist, who worked for the Washington Post for more than three decades, told RTHK’s Maggie Ho that it was the day press freedom died in Hong Kong:
Apple Daily vows to continue battling on   Listenfacebook
Apple Daily's editor-in-chief says the paper will continue to be published no matter what, despite the arrests of its founder, Jimmy Lai, and other executives under Hong Kong’s sweeping national security law. The newspaper’s staff were eventually able to return to work on Monday after some 200 police spent hours searching its offices in Tseung Kwan O. Altis Wong has the story:
RTHK among media barred from police briefing  Listenfacebook
As the raid on Apple Daily was taking place on Monday, police held a press briefing but told some media, including RTHK, they weren't welcome to cover it. The force said it had to bar outlets that had obstructed them in the past. Damon Pang reports:
Private prosecution bid to hold police to account:  Listenfacebook
An international coalition of activists and lawyers, including exiled Hong Kong campaigner Nathan Law and Hong Kong Watch fellow Luke de Pulford, plan to launch a private prosecution in the UK against senior British officers serving in the SAR's police force. While no police officers have been named at this point, they are being accused of engaging in torture against pro-democracy demonstrators over the past year. De Pulford commissioned the case. Janice Wong asked him why he’s launching the private prosecution:
Sheung Wan helper hostel at the centre of coronavirus cluster  Listenfacebook
Four more Indonesian domestic workers have come down with Covid-19. They had all stayed at a dormitory in Sheung Wan with a helper who was infected last week. In total, 69 new infections were confirmed on Monday, as Wendy Wong reports:
FTU calls for health code to ensure people are tested for Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Health Secretary Sophia Chan says she expects up to five million Hong Kong residents to take up the offer of free Covid-19 tests at centres set up with help from the mainland in the coming weeks. At the same time, the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions has called on the government to roll out a health code system to show who has tested negative for the virus, and who hasn't. Jimmy Choi reports: