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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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Police move to enforce official media accreditation  Listenfacebook
The police have been criticised by media groups after announcing they'll stop recognising reporters accredited by the Hong Kong journalists and press Photographers associations. They say it deals another major blow to press freedom. But the government's supporters in the Legislative Council insist it will lead to better regulation of the industry. The police sent out a letter on Tuesday saying they would only recognise journalists registered with the government’s Information Services Department, and members of internationally-known media groups. The force has long claimed to have encountered "fake reporters" at anti-government protests. It said the new system would make it easier for officers to carry out their duties. But the chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Chris Yeung, told Richard Pyne that is no justification at all:
RTHK given second warning over ‘Pentaprism’   Listenfacebook
RTHK has been given another warning by the Communications Authority. After receiving just one complaint, the authority found that four episodes of the personal opinion programme “Pentaprism” were biased against the police. Candice Wong has the details:
Task force calls for liberal studies to be kept but without current affairs  Listenfacebook
A task force reviewing the local school curriculum is calling for a major overhaul of the liberal studies before the government decides whether it should be kept as a core subject. The task force says discussion on current affairs should be stripped out, as secondary school students aren't mature enough to make rational judgements on controversial issues. Priscilla Ng reports:
Hong Kong-12 family just want to see their son again   Listenfacebook
The parents of one of the 12 Hong Kong residents held in Shenzhen say Carrie Lam's government is not doing enough to help them. They say they've been under a lot of mental strain since their son and 11 others were intercepted by the Guangdong Coastguard last month as they tried to make their way to Taiwan by speedboat. Damon Pang reports:
Nervousness and excitement over return to classrooms  Listenfacebook
School children officially started returning to class on Wednesday after a longer-than-usual summer break due to Covid-19. Many schools have been providing online lessons since the start of the month, but now pupils in some years are having face-to-face classes again. So how are students and their parents coping? Our reporter Jimmy Choi spoke to Janice Wong from outside a school in Tseung Kwan O:
Cathay staff suggest unpaid leave to stave off redundancies  Listenfacebook
Flight attendants with Hong Kong’s embattled flag carrier Cathay Pacific say they're willing to go on unpaid leave for a full year or even longer, if that would allow them to keep their jobs in the long-run. Cathay has warned that a major restructuring is inevitable as it continues to haemorrhage up to HK$2 billion dollars a month, with passenger and cargo traffic having plummeted during the pandemic. The airline’s Flight Attendants Union met with management on Monday, but said no promises were made. Its vice-chairwoman, Amber Suen, spoke to Damon Pang:
Religious sensitivity lacking during airport screening   Listenfacebook
Ethnic minority residents flying into Hong Kong have complained they are going hungry as they wait at AsiaWorld-Expo for the results of their covid tests or to be taken into quarantine. That’s because the food they're being given isn't suitable for them to eat. The recent arrivals called on the authorities to take note of people's religious dietary requirements. Wendy Wong reports:
Baptist U programme aims to help coronavirus patients recover   Listenfacebook
Baptist University is looking for recovering Covid-19 patients to take part in a pilot rehab programme, involving Chinese medicine and exercise. It wants around 170 people at first, for a free 12-week programme. Professor Julien Baker heads the university's department of sport, physical education and health. Janice Wong asked him why such a scheme is needed
Nancy Kissel’s challenge over indefinite prison term rejected   Listenfacebook
American Nancy Kissel, who drugged and bludgeoned her investment banker husband to death in Hong Kong in 2003, has lost another attempt to shorten her prison term. Maggie Ho reports:
Beijing’s ‘unreliable entity’ list remains vague so far  Listenfacebook
HSBC shares extended their losses in Hong Kong on Tuesday, closing at a new 25-year low. They fell a further two percent to HK$28.70. The blue-chip stock has come under pressure after reports suggested it could be added to Beijing's "unreliable entity list". Mike Weeks asked Nick Marro, - The Economist Intelligence Unit's lead analyst for global trade - what being placed on this list would mean: