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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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Emperor Group staff held in national security probe   Listenfacebook
Emperor Group has confirmed that a member of staff from its property department has been arrested by national security police in connection with last week's alleged bomb plot. He's one of five people said to have been taken into custody on Monday. Jimmy Choi reports:
Justice Secretary says defending terrorism is a security offence   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, has warned that “defending” or “glorifying” acts of terrorism amounts to advocating them, which is a national security offence. She also says reasons like freedom of speech or a free press are simply not legitimate grounds for defence. Damon Pang has that story:
Films that pass security censors may still breach NSL   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau, has warned that films that pass censorship checks might still breach the national security law. He told lawmakers that's because it's the police who get to decide on violations. Violet Wong reports:
Lack of clear rules mean film makers must be more creative: critic   Listenfacebook
A film critic says he’s not surprised there are no set rules on what might or might not breach the national security law despite the guidelines for film censors issued by the government a month ago. Daniel Chan told Janie Wong that filmmakers should therefore stop worrying about the guidelines and continue working as creatively as possible:
Thailand to mix vaccines for better protection against Delta variant   Listenfacebook
In what will be the first publicly-announced mixing and matching of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine and a western-developed jab, Thailand says it will administer AstraZeneca as a second dose to people who've already received one Sinovac shot. The country's health minister told reporters the move would improve protection against the more infectious Delta variant and create a high level of immunity. Thailand, like Indonesia, has reported infections among medical workers inoculated with Sinovac's inactive Covid vaccine. Robert Kemp has more:
Boosting vaccine coverage ‘better’ than creating travel bubbles   Listenfacebook
Epidemiologist Benjamin Cowling says the pandemic situation in Hong Kong is still too unstable to consider opening up travel bubbles. He was commenting on remarks from Chief Executive Carrie Lam that she’s awaiting news from Beijing about resuming quarantine-free cross-border travel. Mike Weeks asked the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health professor if that’s a good idea:
Airport urged to speed up vaccination and infection controls   Listenfacebook
No cases of Covid-19 were reported in Hong Kong on Monday, but the government announced that quarantine rules for people arriving from Russia will be tightened from Friday because of a third wave of infections sweeping the country. Infectious disease expert Leung Chi-chiu has questioned why the Airport Authority is waiting until next month to require workers entering the restricted area to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or to present a negative test result. Timmy Sung reports:
Murder investigation opened into Tai Po fire   Listenfacebook
The police have launched a murder investigation into the deaths of a woman and her daughters, aged eight and 13. They are believed to have been stabbed before their tiny flat was set on fire early Monday morning. The woman's partner has been arrested. Maggie Ho reports:
Ex-corruption investigator calls for hotpot meal probe   Listenfacebook
A former ICAC chief investigator says the government needs to investigate whether three senior officials, who enjoyed a free hotpot meal at a luxurious private club in March, violated any codes of conduct. Government regulations clearly stipulate that civil servants and top ministers should refrain from "lavish entertainment". Timmy Sung reports:
Concern raised over future of China affairs show   Listenfacebook
RTHK has announced that one of its current affairs programmes on Radio I will be replaced from Friday next week by a special programme on the Tokyo Olympics. “China On The Dot” has been broadcast for more than three years, featuring discussions on mainland issues. It's co-hosted by veteran China analyst Johnny Lau. He told RTHK's Vicky Wong that he was informed of the decision by the broadcaster two weeks ago:
Carrie Lam dismisses CY Leung’s country parks plan   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has taken a shot at her predecessor, CY Leung, saying if his idea of building flats on the edge of country parks is so good, it would have been done a long time ago. Damon Pang reports: