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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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Police promise zero tolerance for July 1 protests  Listenfacebook
An appeals board has upheld the police ban on a march on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the handover. Three groups had planned to stage the rally, which had been held every year from 1997 to 2019. The July 1 march was also banned last year - a day after the national security law came into force - but thousands of people took to the streets in Causeway Bay, Wanchai and Tin Hau. They were met by water cannon and tear gas and over 370 were arrested. Natale Ching reports:
President Xi hosts awards ceremony ahead of CCP centenary  Listenfacebook
The police are reportedly set to deploy 10,000 officers across the city on Thursday on what promises to be a muted 24th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Many top officials, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam, are in Beijing for the start of lavish celebrations to mark next month's centenary of the founding of the Communist Party. On Tuesday, President Xi Jinping urged its members to “forever trust, love, and contribute to the party". Xi, who's also the party's general secretary, was speaking as he presented medals of honour to 29 party members. Here's Priscilla Ng:
Two arrested over gunpowder chemicals   Listenfacebook
Police have arrested two people after seizing chemicals that could be used to make gunpowder. Officers alleged the suspects had called for some well-known people to be killed but stopped short of linking the case directly to Thursday's anniversary of the handover. Wendy Wong reports:
Local Delta variant infection linked to airport arrivals   Listenfacebook
The infection of an airport worker with the Delta strain of Covid-19 has been linked to three cases imported from Indonesia, and health officials say it's no longer regarded as untraceable. The 27-year-old man was Hong Kong's first case of the highly infectious variant. Officials say he came into contact with the three people from Indonesia at an airport specimen-collection centre earlier this month. They reported just one imported Covid case on Tuesday, a 43-year-old arrival from Britain. Flights from the UK will be banned from Thursday, as Timmy Sung reports:
Ozone remains key challenge to improving air   Listenfacebook
The government says its goal in tackling air pollution is to meet the highest air quality standards. That was announced by the Secretary for the Environment, Wong Kam-sing, as he unveiled an updated clean air plan for the SAR. The previous one expired last year. Jimmy Choi reports:
Timetable urged for hitting WHO air quality targets  Listenfacebook
Under the new clean air plan, the government said Hong Kong's air could be as fresh as that of Tokyo or Paris by 2035. Mike Weeks asked Patrick Fung, the CEO of the Clean Air Network, if that’s a good target to aim for:
Open Line Open View host says he knew his day would come  Listenfacebook
Former RTHK radio presenter Allan Au has accused the government broadcaster of exhausting all its powers to remove voices it doesn't like. On Monday, he was removed from a programme he’d hosted for 11 years at one hour's notice. Timmy Sung reports:
Poll finds rise in pride in Chinese citizenship   Listenfacebook
The number of Hongkongers who feel proud to be Chinese citizens is now at its highest level in a decade. That's according to a survey by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, which put the figure at 41 percent. But 55 percent told the pollsters they don't feel proud to be Chinese. Despite that, people's satisfaction on Beijing's policies here has also increased for a second year running. The institute's deputy chief executive, Chung Kim-wah, described the results as "a bit unexpected". He also told Natale Ching that it doesn't mean people are happy with how things are going:
HKers reflect on a year under the national security law   Listenfacebook
In the year since the national security law was imposed on Hong Kong, 114 people have been arrested on suspicion of breaking the four offences under the legislation, the youngest aged just 15. Sixty-four people have been charged, including many prominent pro-democracy figures. Most of them are now in custody. Although officials claim the legislation targets only a small number of people who threaten national security, many Hong Kong people aren't so sure. Timmy Sung spoke to a veteran dramatist and a teacher to see how they've been affected: