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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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Former HK leader names teacher protest suspects   Listenfacebook
Former Chief Executive CY Leung has published personal information on what he claims are 18 teachers charged with protest-related offences. This includes names, ages and school details, as Damon Pang reports:
Parents urged to ignore CY Leung’s ‘hate campaign’ against teachers   Listenfacebook
The head of the Professional Teachers’ Union, Ip Kin-yuen, has urged schools and parents to ignore a campaign by Hong Kong’s former leader, CY Leung, to name and shame educators caught up in last year's anti-government unrest. Ip also accused the former Chief Executive of spreading hate by publishing personal information on what Leung claims are 18 teachers charged with protest-related offences. The lawmaker spoke to Jimmy Choi:
Over 100 scholars unite to condemn national security law  Listenfacebook
Scholars from universities here and across the world have called for a "united front" to oppose Hong Kong's national security law, which they say will affect academic autonomy and leave students at risk of being jailed. Maggie Ho reports:
Academic freedom ‘vital’ for Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
More than 100 scholars from universities in Hong Kong and across the world have signed a joint statement condemning the national security law imposed by Beijing, and calling for joint action against what they say is "the overreach of China’s censorship regime". Signatories to the declaration come from 71 institutions in 16 countries, including the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Stanford. Richard Pyne asked one of them, Professor Stephen Chan, from Lingnan University's Department of Cultural Studies, what his major concerns are:
Unions want clear explanation of new civil service oath   Listenfacebook
Two civil service unions are calling for training and guidelines on the oath that new government staff are now required to take. They must pledge to uphold the Basic Law and swear allegiance to the SAR. But unions say many government employees are afraid they may inadvertently breach the oath, and even violate the national security law, because the wording of the declaration is too vague. The Civil Service Bureau responded to the concerns by saying the right to freedom of speech and assembly aren't absolute, and anyone who breaks the oath will be dealt with according to Civil service rules. Janice Wong asked former deputy secretary for constitutional affairs, Elizabeth Bosher, about this response:
Social distancing extended as four local covid cases confirmed  Listenfacebook
Four local coronavirus infections were confirmed on Tuesday, two of unknown source. Because such cases are still emerging, the government has extended current anti-pandemic measures by at least another week. Jimmy Choi reports:
HK Phil quarantined after musician tests positive   Listenfacebook
Members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra have been quarantined after one of them returned a preliminary positive test for Covid-19. They last played on Friday, when Chief Executive Carrie Lam was among those in the audience. Maggie Ho reports:
Xi Jinping expected to emphasise self-reliance in Shenzhen speech   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam was in Shenzhen on Wednesday for celebrations of the 40th anniversary of China's first special economic zone overseen by President Xi Jinping. He was scheduled to make a speech that State media said would focus on strengthening the role of Shenzhen as the “core engine” in the Greater Bay Area. Professor Jean-Pierre Cabestan, from the Baptist University's Department of Government and International Studies, told Mike Weeks this would set out Hong Kong’s limited but integrated role in Beijing’s plans:
GBA voting plan ‘opens up a can of worms’   Listenfacebook
More concerns have been raised over reported government plans to change election laws in order to set up polling stations in the Greater Bay. The idea is to allow Hong Kong permanent residents to vote without having to return to the city. But officials from the Electoral Affairs Commission say a whole host of issues would need to be addressed as they have no experience in doing this. Professor Ma Ngok, a political scientist at the Chinese University, says another issue is how Hong Kong laws against vote-rigging could even be enforced across the border. He told Jim Gould about the practical and legal issues that need to be addressed: