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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

2021-07-15
Thursday

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Travel industry told it can’t keep being subsidised   Listenfacebook
The government has been warned of more travel agency closures and layoffs after Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong said it couldn't keep funding the travel industry with no end in sight to the pandemic. Violet Wong reports:
Law Chi-kwong’s tourism comments ‘oversimplify situation’  Listenfacebook
A tourism expert says remarks by the labour secretary that the travel industry isn’t coming back are “an oversimplification” of the situation. Professor Brian King, associate dean of the Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management, said although the outlook is bleak for many parts of the industry, he expects there to be a lot of activity once borders reopen within the Greater Bay Area. He spoke to Mike Weeks:
Security chief plays down terrorist threat in HK  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, says there's no specific intelligence suggesting that a terrorist attack in Hong Kong is likely. Damon Pang has the details:
Academic challenges prosecution over ‘seditious’ slogan   Listenfacebook
A communication studies academic has challenged testimony for the prosecution on the slogan at the heart of Hong Kong's first national security trial. Tong Ying-kit is alleged to have breached the security law by carrying a flag bearing the message “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times”. Chinese University Professor Francis Lee said studies showed people interpreted this in various ways, not solely as a call to separate the SAR from the mainland, as the expert for the prosecution had asserted. Jimmy Choi reports:
HKU trying to protect itself from student’s actions: Ronny Tong   Listenfacebook
Executive councillor Ronny Tong has defended the University of Hong Kong's decision to end its recognition of its student's union after it passed a resolution “appreciating the sacrifice" of a man who stabbed a policeman before killing himself on July 1. Tong, who's a barrister, says he believes the university was probably trying to protect itself because the motion may have violated the national security law. He told Timmy Sung the student union's subsequent withdrawal of the motion does not end the matter:
Former student rep warns of HKU constitutional crisis   Listenfacebook
A former student representative on the University of Hong Kong's governing council has questioned how the school can unilaterally decide it no longer recognises its students' union. He warned this could lead to a "constitutional crisis" for the institution, as Timmy Sung reports:
‘Grandma Wong’ sent to jail   Listenfacebook
The elderly activist known as "Grandma Wong" has been sentenced to a month in prison for attacking a security guard at the High Court two-and-a-half years ago. Joanne Wong reports:
Heavy punishment warning for director of Yuen Long attack   Listenfacebook
A District Court judge says a man, who directed white-shirted thugs in the gang attack at Yuen Long Station on July 21, 2019, will receive a heavier punishment than others who took part in the violence. He was speaking as seven men convicted over the attack finished their mitigation pleas ahead of sentencing next Thursday. Frances Sit reports:
District councilor resigns after Facebook-post arrest  Listenfacebook
A Yuen Long district councillor has announced his resignation, hours after he was arrested over a Facebook post. Ben Ho is expected to face attempted criminal intimidation charges over the post in which he said he was planning an illegal gambling sweep at a Tin Shui Wai housing estate. Frances Sit reports:
HK book fair makes cautious return under security law   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Book Fair is back, although there are noticeably fewer political books on sale, with exhibitors wary of falling foul of the national security law. The coronavirus pandemic put paid to efforts to hold the annual event last year. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Security chief says hotpot trio sacrificed family time   Listenfacebook
Security chief Chris Tang has offered a new defence for three senior officials who violated pandemic rules by attending a dinner at an exclusive private club in March. He said the trio had sacrificed precious time with their families to do their jobs. Damon Pang reports:
HK put on UK Covid green list   Listenfacebook
Travellers hoping to head from Hong Kong to Britain this summer have been given a boost, with the news that they'll no longer have to quarantine on arrival in the UK. But as Aaron Tam reports, they'll be flying into a country that's seeing a big surge in cases of the highly-infectious Delta Covid variant, and may not easily be able to return: