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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:
Samantha Butler and Janice Wong

2021-07-22
Thursday

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Four more Apple Daily staff charged with security offences  Listenfacebook
Four former senior staff members of the now-defunct Apple Daily newspaper will appear in West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning over alleged national security offences. In a statement on Wednesday night, the police's National Security Department said the four - aged 51 to 57 - had been charged with conspiracy to collude with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security. After 26 years, the paper shut down last month after senior executives were arrested and its assets frozen. Wendy Wong reports:
Govt rejects accusations of white terror on media  Listenfacebook
The latest charges levied against the former Apple Daily staff led to accusations of white terror from the Hong Kong Journalists Association, which were rejected by the Secretary for Security, Chris Tang. Tang said everybody - regardless of what industry they worked in - would be accorded the same treatment over any breaches of the law. The Journalists Association insisted legal and constitutionally-protected journalistic work did not pose a threat to national security. Its chairman, Ronson Chan, told Joanne Wong that he feared the latest charges would not be the last:
Accusations of bias aimed at Hospital Authority  Listenfacebook
Legislators have accused the Hospital Authority of supporting rioters, for failing to help dispel rumours by making public people's medical records. In particular, it relates to an incident during the social unrest of 2019, when a woman said her eye was badly damaged after being hit by a police bean bag round, but pro-Beijing groups claimed this wasn't true and wanted medical proof of the injury. Timmy Sung reports:
Students jailed over CUHK riots  Listenfacebook
The District Court has jailed a student for four-and-a-half years and another for three years and nine months for rioting at the Chinese University in 2019, when widespread anti-government protests swept through the city. Frances Sit reports:
Jail sentence for mooncake tin rioter  Listenfacebook
In another protest-related case, a company manager has been jailed for three years and nine months for rioting and assaulting a police officer with a mooncake tin in 2019. Frances Sit reports:
Medical expert criticises quarantine loopholes  Listenfacebook
Top microbiologist Ho Pak-leung has urged the authorities to stop exempting foreign consular officers from quarantine if they come back from places considered to be high-risk for Covid-19. He made the call after the son and daughter of the Saudi Arabian consul-general tested positive while they were self-isolating at home. On Wednesday, health officials announced five imported Covid infections, which include the two Saudi siblings, as well as three cases from Bangladesh, Cambodia and the United Arab Emirates. Damon Pang reports:
Convention industry decries vaccine bubble arrangements  Listenfacebook
A representative of the convention industry says the government is imposing more, rather than fewer, restrictions on it by placing it in its vaccine bubble scheme. Stuart Bailey, the chairman of Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association, was commenting after the government said from Thursday, meetings, forums, symposiums, exhibitions and ceremonial events could be held at 100 percent capacity - if two-thirds of participants had had at least one Covid jab. Bailey told Samantha Butler that it was “logistically almost impossible” for the industry to meet the requirements, and said some of these requirements were “completely unnecessary”. He also said he doesn’t agree with making hospitality staff the “covid police force” by denying unvaccinated people entry to venues:
Tuen Mun school produces top scorer  Listenfacebook
Seven students have scored the highest grades in this year's university entrance exams, with one of them coming from a secondary school in Tuen Mun, rather than one of the city's elite institutions. Violet Wong met the top scorers to find out how they overcame challenges brought by Covid-19 and what their aspirations are.
HK’s top cyclist hoping for two Olympic medals  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s top cyclist Sarah Lee is aiming for two Olympic medals at this year's Tokyo Games. The bronze medallist took third place in London in 2012 and is back in the saddle in Tokyo. Joining her on the cycling team is Olympics newcomer Jessica Lee. For the UK-raised cyclist, getting to the Games is the culmination of years of sacrifice. The two are among a team of over 40 athletes from Hong Kong competing in 14 events at the Tokyo Games - which finally kick off tomorrow, after a year-long delay because of the coronavirus. In the fourth of our five-part Olympics series, Wong Yin-ting spoke to the cycling stars about what they hope to achieve in the velodrome: