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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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Beijing defends Apple Daily arrests in face of international criticism   Listenfacebook
The United States says the arrests of five executives from Apple Daily and its parent company appear to be politically driven, and it's called for their immediate release. The statement came a few hours after the Hong Kong office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hit out at international criticism of Thursday’s police raid on the offices of the pro-democracy newspaper. Robert Kemp reports:
JA says arrests increase fear among media and the public   Listenfacebook
Eight media organisations issued a joint statement after Thursday's massive police raid on Apple Daily. They said the operation raised questions over whether the national security law had been "weaponised" to target the media. The chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Chris Yeung, said the admission by police that some of the articles they are investigating date back to 2019 shows that assurances the law would not have retrospective effect are just empty words. He told Priscilla Ng that the chilling effect of the Apple Daily raid goes far beyond the news industry:
Police warn against sharing ‘questionable’ Apple Daily articles   Listenfacebook
Beijing’s foreign affairs office in Hong Kong and the police say the raid on Apple Daily and the arrest of five of the media group's executives are linked to about 30 articles in the newspaper allegedly calling for foreign sanctions. The police warned the public they could face prosecution for sharing the articles on social media, while the Secretary for Security, John Lee, warned people to cut ties with the suspects or "they'll regret it". Damon Pang has the details:
Sharing articles ‘not an offence’ in itself   Listenfacebook
Professor Simon Young - from the University of Hong Kong's law school - disagrees with the police claim that sharing articles from Apple Daily could constitute an offence under the national security law. He spoke to Timmy Sung:
Apple Daily staff vow to fight on   Listenfacebook
Apple Daily remains defiant after Thursday’s raid and arrests and vowed to fight on. It also said staff would "loyally defend their posts." People started turning up in the very early hours of the morning to buy some of the 500,000 copies of Friday's newspaper. Aaron Tam has that story:
Security chief’s comments ‘stigmatising and dehumanising’  Listenfacebook
A University of Hong Kong journalism lecturer, Sharron Fast, told RTHK that comments by Secretary for Security John Lee about the arrests at Apple Daily and Next Media are "ominous". She warned they could pave the way for tighter government regulation of the media industry. Fast also told Timmy Sung that the police explanation of the case would do little to ease people's concerns:
Search charge against Ta Kung Pao reporter dropped   Listenfacebook
Shortly after Thursday’s raid on Apple Daily, the Department of Justice announced it had dropped a charge against a Ta Kung Pao reporter accused of making an improper car licence plate search. As Wendy Wong reports, it noted that the search was made as part of the journalist's work for the state-owned newspaper:
Cash handouts set for those in housing queue   Listenfacebook
A relief scheme for those waiting for public housing will start next month. Eligible families that have been on the waiting list for more than three years could receive HK$3,900 a month. Janice Wong asked Sze Lai-shan from the Society for Community Organisation how big a help this allowance will be:
Government urged to rebuild confidence in recycling plan   Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has released a survey which suggests that when it comes to recycling many people who say they're green, don't back up their words with action. Carried out last year, it found 77 percent of respondents claimed they were willing to "do more" to enhance environmental sustainability, a modest rise from a similar survey in 2015. But when asked if they regularly recycled, just 63 percent said they did. That's unchanged from six years ago. RTHK's Vicky Wong asked the council's chief executive, Gilly Wong, about the figures:
Astronauts arrive at China’s space station   Listenfacebook
It's so far, so good in China's latest space mission. Three astronauts arrived at the country's Tiangong space station on Thursday and will spend the next three months there. David Baker, the UK-based editor of Spaceflight Magazine, says the mission is just the latest bid by China to leave its mark in space exploration in the long term. He spoke to Annemarie Evans: