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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

2021-05-12
Wednesday

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Police national security director investigated for misconduct  Listenfacebook
A high-flying officer in the police's national security squad has been put on leave pending a misconduct investigation. Steve Dunthorne has the story:
Police chief says ‘fake news’ could be a national security offence   Listenfacebook
Police Commissioner Chris Tang has warned that publishing "fake news" could amount to a breach of national security, saying his officers will be forced to respond if reports incite hatred and divide society. Frances Sit reports:
Doxxers could face five years in prison  Listenfacebook
Anyone found guilty of doxxing could be jailed for up to five years and fined HK$1 million in future. That's the plan the government has put forward to outlaw the practice. Damon Pang has more details:
Government buys Olympic TV rights  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says the government has bought the broadcasting rights for this summer's Tokyo Olympics. She says this is to ensure Hong Kong people can watch the games for "free" on the territory’s five licensed broadcasters, two of which require a subscription. But it's not known how much this has cost taxpayers, as Vicky Wong reports:
Olympic broadcasts ‘intended to boost morale’   Listenfacebook
A lecturer from the Chinese University’s School of Journalism and Communication says covering the Tokyo Olympics will take a lot of resources but sharing the broadcasting rights will give as many people as possible in Hong Kong a chance to enjoy the games. Grace Leung spoke to Mike Weeks about the government’s decision to buy the rights for the SAR’s five licensed TV stations:
Helpers to face second round of mandatory testing   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has confirmed that the government has dropped plans to make migrant domestic workers get Covid vaccinations. But she said helpers will soon be ordered to take another coronavirus test. Wendy Wong reports:
Government urged to offer vaccines to asylum seekers  Listenfacebook
An NGO and a Hong Kong church leader have called on the government to provide asylum seekers with free coronavirus inoculations. Timmy Sung reports.
Quarantine shortened for vaccinated HK arrivals  Listenfacebook
The government says it will recognise 10 different coronavirus vaccines in allowing Hong Kong residents to undergo shorter quarantine when they return from overseas. As Wendy Wong reports, the new arrangements will take effect from Wednesday:
Children pack on the pounds amid pandemic restrictions  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong parents say their children exercised less and put on weight as they spent more time at home because of the pandemic. Researchers at the Chinese University and the Jockey Club talked to 825 parents in February about the activities of their primary schoolchildren. Fifty-seven percent said their kids exercised at least one hour less each day compared with just four months earlier, while more than 60 percent said their children had gained weight. Professor Amy Ha, from the university’s department of sports science and physical education, told Jimmy Choi more about their findings:
Dead protester’s family no longer in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
An inquest into the death of an anti-extradition protester has been told that his family are absent from the proceedings because they've left Hong Kong. They went a few months after he fell to his death nearly two years ago, but the court proceedings will continue in their absence. Here's Violet Wong:
Another councillor quits ahead of oath vote   Listenfacebook
Wong Tai Sin district councillor Carmen Lau has resigned, saying she doesn't want to take "an unreasonable oath" to swear allegiance to the SAR. The Legislative Council is expected to pass a bill on Wednesday that would disqualify lawmakers and district councillors who refuse to take the oath. About 20 pro-democracy councillors have already decided to step down. Lau said she's also quitting the Civic Party, having served as deputy secretary general. She told Damon Pang she regrets failing to fulfil her election pledge and not completing her four-year term:
Slowing population growth ‘good news’ for China   Listenfacebook
China's population growth has slowed to its lowest level in half a century. According to the government's latest census, China had 1.41 billion people in 2020. That's up just 5.4 percent from a decade ago, raising concerns about the country's rapidly ageing society. But China analyst Mark O'Neill takes a positive view on the issue. He spoke to Annemarie Evans: