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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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Chief Justice warns against politicising courts  Listenfacebook
Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma has issued a rare statement pushing back against recent criticism of court judgments. He warned that uninformed criticism could erode public confidence in the legal system, and stressed that the judiciary should not be politicised. Timmy Sung reports:
Criticism of judiciary must be ‘based on proper principles and facts’  Listenfacebook
A vice-chairman of the pro-Beijing DAB party, Holden Chow, criticised the Chief Justice for his statement on the recent criticism of court judgments. Chow, who is himself a lawyer, said the courts need to take action to show that they are unbiased, adding that the statement from Justice Geoffrey Ma does nothing to reassure the people of Hong Kong. But legal sector lawmaker and barrister Dennis Kwok told Timmy Sung that Ma clearly felt there was a need to dispel misconceptions about the functions of the judiciary:
Penny’s Bay decision ‘will strain’ Disney-HK government relations   Listenfacebook
The government is pulling the plug on Hong Kong Disney's long-term expansion plans. It has decided not to extend an option for Disney to buy a 60-hectare site in Lantau next to the existing theme park, that had long been earmarked for future expansion. Disney says it's extremely disappointed with the decision. Janice Wong asked Professor Brian King, from the Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management, how big a blow this is for Disney:
Civil service unions consulted over oath of allegiance  Listenfacebook
Sources say Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip has started consulting government staff unions on the administration's plans to require all public workers to take formal oaths or sign pledges of allegiance to the SAR. Maggie Ho reports:
A proud police force ‘wouldn’t be afraid of having journalists out there’   Listenfacebook
Journalism schools at seven Hong Kong universities have issued a joint statement criticising a new police policy to only recognise journalists from organisations registered with the government, or from internationally-known media groups. They say the change, implemented on Wednesday, will allow officers to disperse reporters from protests for no good reason, which they say violates their constitutional rights. The director of Hong Kong University’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Keith Richburg, spoke to Mike Weeks about the new police order:
Nathan Law and Xi Jinping make Time’s most influential list  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping and self-exiled Hong Kong activist Nathan Law are among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of the year. Priscilla Ng reports:
Just two locally acquired coronavirus cases reported  Listenfacebook
Three new coronavirus infections were confirmed on Wednesday, two of them locally acquired. Both were linked to previous cases, as Richard Pyne reports:
Pandemic fails to curb growth in multi-millionaires  Listenfacebook
The coronavirus pandemic and measures to contain in may be devastating GHong Kong’s economy and destroying the livelihoods of many of its people , but it's seemingly having little impact on the city's wealthy. The number of self-reported multi-millionaires shot up by around a fifth this year. That's according to Citibank, which questioned some 3,500 people earlier this year. It extrapolated the survey's findings to estimate that the number of people with net assets of at least HK$10 million in the city has grown by over 90,000 from 2019 to more than half a million.. But Josephine Lee, Citibank’s head of retail banking, told Wendy Wong that Covid-19 may have inflated people's perception of just how much they own:
Ant likely to be the tech IPO of the year  Listenfacebook
IPOs in Hong Kong have been met with huge investor demand this year, and there's still a bumper few weeks ahead. ZTO Express and Zai Lab are both set to list next week and Ant Group is hoping for the world's largest IPO in a dual Hong Kong and Shanghai listing in October. Carolyn Wright asked Itamar Har-Even - co-CEO and managing director of Ion Pacific - how much growing Sino-US tensions are driving this IPO frenzy: