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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

2021-03-18
Thursday

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Grants for art that ‘undermines’ national security may be halted  Listenfacebook
The Arts Development Council has warned that it may cancel grants made to artists who advocate Hong Kong independence. That came after a state-run newspaper here accused the statutory body of handing out millions of dollars to "yellow" filmmakers who make movies glorifying "black violence". Candice Wong has the details:
Government on ‘full alert’ over art exhibits  Listenfacebook
The warning from the Arts Development Council came shortly after Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the authorities would be "on full alert" to ensure museum exhibitions in Hong Kong don't undermine national security. She was responding to a question from New People's Party lawmaker Eunice Yung about whether an artwork to be shown at the M+ museum invokes 'hatred' against China. She's unhappy with a piece by mainland artist and activist Ai Weiwei that shows a middle finger being held up to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Yung told RTHK's Wong Yin-ting that there can be no debate that the work is out of line:
M+ museum art collection ‘not controversial’  Listenfacebook
A member of the International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong says the work by Ai Wei Wei to be shown at the still-to-be-completed M+ museum has been exhibited in Hong Kong before. John Batten says he's worried about freedom of expression and self-censorship if people like Eunice Yung continue to throw accusations around. He told Violet Wong that all exhibits at M+ have been carefully chosen:
District councillors accused of challenging HK’s constitutional order  Listenfacebook
A visiting top mainland official has given the clearest indication yet that district councillors will largely be removed from the powerful new election committee that will nominate all of Hong Kong's future lawmakers, and choose a large share of them. Zhang Xiaoming also said Beijing has gauged the views of pan-democrats on electoral reform, without naming who they are. Jimmy Choi has more:
Including district councillors in election committee was a mistake: Regina Ip  Listenfacebook
Executive councillor Regina Ip says she supports kicking out all District Councillors from the future revamped Election Committee, saying it was a mistake to include them in the first place. Mainland officials who've consulted around one thousand people here on the Beijing-initiated reform say that's the majority position they've heard. Ip, who attended three such consultation sessions, spoke to Mike Weeks:
US sanctions officials over HK electoral changes   Listenfacebook
The United States has imposed sanctions on 24 senior mainland and Hong Kong officials for allegedly acting to quash the SAR's high degree of autonomy through the sweeping revamp of its electoral system. Washington says the changes will deny people in the SAR a voice in their own governance. The officials were added to a list under the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. All of them were already subject to US sanctions imposed either by the Treasury Department or through executive order from former president Donald Trump. Maggie Ho reports:
CHP says infection of policeman has no bearing on Sinovac efficacy   Listenfacebook
Health officials have dismissed worries that coronavirus jabs made by mainland drug maker Sinovac are ineffective. They were responding to concerns over news that a policeman had tested positive for Covid-19 two days after he took the vaccine. Wendy Wong reports:
CE says restrictions could be eased if more people are inoculated   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has complained that the public are not working with her government to tackle the pandemic. As Damon Pang reports, Lam suggested that a higher vaccine take-up rate could be a prerequisite for the relaxing of social-distancing measures:
Government accused of moving too slowly on green transport   Listenfacebook
The government is considering converting petrol stations into quick-charge stations for electric cars, as part of its push to phase out oil-fuelled vehicles over the next decade or two. But officials say this is more a long-term target that won't happen for another five years at least. The shift to cleaner, electric vehicles is part of the government's strategy for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Janice Wong asked the chief executive of the Clean Air Network, Patrick Fung, how achievable that goal is: