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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:
Mike Weeks and Hugh Chiverton

2020-12-31
Thursday

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Families press for right to visit jailed activists  Listenfacebook
Some of the families of the ten young Hong Kong activists jailed by a Shenzhen court on Wednesday for crossing the border illegally, have called on mainland authorities to allow them to visit their loved ones behind bars. They want to know where they will serve their time and how often they'll be able to visit them. But as Violet Wong reports, there appears to be mixed signals on whether such visits will even be possible:
Ten of Hong Kong 12 jailed for up to three years   Listenfacebook
The ten Hong Kong activists were sentenced to between seven months and three years in prison for crossing the border illegally after their speedboat was intercepted by Guangdong coastguard southeast of the SAR in August. No charges were filed against the two other members of the Hong Kong 12, who are minors, and they've now been returned to Hong Kong. Vicky Wong reports:
Youngest activists handed over to HK police   Listenfacebook
The two youngest members of the group of 12 activists held in Shenzhen since August were handed over to Hong Kong police on Wednesday. Tsuen Wan district councillor Lester Shum said one of the teenagers' families was able to meet their son briefly at Tin Shui Wai police station. The councillor quoted the family as saying he appeared "sluggish" and refused to speak about what had happened to him over the past four months. Although the two minors were set free by mainland authorities, Hong Kong police warned they are now likely to face extra charges for allegedly absconding. More on that from Frances Sit:
Justice Secretary urged to defend the judiciary   Listenfacebook
Five members of the Law Society's governing body have demanded that mainland media stop "unfounded attacks" on Hong Kong's judiciary. The group took exception to recent comments made about the national security case involving media tycoon Jimmy Lai. This comes just ahead of a Court of Final Appeal hearing - expected on Thursday - of a government challenge over the High Court's decision to release Lai on bail and put him under house arrest. Damon Pang reports:
2020: the year of the national security law   Listenfacebook
Of all the events that have shaped Hong Kong this year, the one that may prove to have the most lasting impact is Beijing’s imposition of a national security law here. Although the central government has described the legislation as a long-overdue “birthday present” to restore order in its SAR, critics say it's nothing short of the death of One Country, Two Systems. Frances Sit has this report:
Testing mandate issued for 40 blocks of flats  Listenfacebook
Residents of some 40 buildings around Hong Kong have been told to take a coronavirus test. The order was issued on Wednesday as 54 more people were confirmed to have Covid-19, including another patient at the Buddhist Hospital in Lok Fu. He's the third person on the same ward to come down with the disease, as Altis Wong reports:
Oxford vaccine approved as Covid-19 runs rampant in UK   Listenfacebook
Half a million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine developed by Oxford University are to be made available in the UK next week, after it received approval on Wednesday from regulators. A further 20 million people in England will be put under the toughest tier of pandemic restrictions on Thursday as the new more infectious strain of Covid-19 continues to ravage the UK. New cases are now running at 50,000 a day, while the daily death toll is nearing 1,000. Hugh Chiverton asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey how quickly the newly-approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be rolled out:
Hang Lung seeks legal advice on blocked US consulate property deal   Listenfacebook
Hang Lung says it could not complete its nearly HK$2.6 billion acquisition of the US consulate staff compound on Shouson Hill Road as scheduled on Wednesday. The property giant says that's because the deal involved diplomatic matters. Joanne Wong reports:
Lantau highway project ‘threatens’ white dolphin refuge  Listenfacebook
Pro-government lawmakers approved a HK$550 million funding request for feasibility studies on Carrie Lam’s Lantau Tomorrow reclamation project earlier this month, while a public consultation on a highway expected to connect Tai Ho and Sunny Bay will end on Friday. Environmental groups are worried that reclamation for the road will have an impact on the nearby Brothers Marine Park, a habitat for Hong Kong's endangered white dolphins. Viena Mak, from the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, spoke to Mike Weeks about those concerns:
Government urged to preserve historic cistern as a public space   Listenfacebook
A conservation expert has proposed turning a more than century-old Romanesque underground reservoir in Sham Shui Po into a public space. He said inspiration for such a project could be drawn from Sydney’s Paddington Reservoir Gardens. The government decided to preserve the arches and columns of the cistern after a public outcry halted plans to demolish it on Monday. Here's Candice Wong: