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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Priscilla Ng


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Low turnout at crucial Law Society vote  Listenfacebook
An earlier warning by Chief Executive Carrie Lam for the Law Society not to become too politicised seems to have affected the outcome of its leadership poll. Five members who had advocated "professionalism over politicisation" defeated their more liberal rivals, to be elected to the society's 20-member council on Tuesday night. The high-profile election came after Lam warned the city's largest solicitors group to stay out of politics or risk following in the footsteps of the Professional Teacher's Union - which disbanded this month after the government cut ties with it. Lawmaker and solicitor Paul Tse told Janice Wong the voter turnout for the poll was lower than he expected:
CE questions value of opposition parties  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the value of political parties should be called into question if they have no plans to take part in elections. Some pan-democrats have questioned entering future polls due to requirements that political candidates need to be patriots. Joanne Wong reports:
Film censorship proposals are retroactive  Listenfacebook
In June, film censors were ordered to ban movies deemed a threat to national security. Now the Commerce Secretary has unveiled proposed amendments to the Film Censorship Ordinance, to be tabled in Legco next Wednesday, that will allow such action to be taken retroactively. Penalties for showing unapproved films could rise to three years in jail and a fine of one million dollars. And while the Board of Review for Film Censorship won't have the power to hear appeals, the government says filmmakers can still ask the courts for a judicial review. Frances Sit reports:
Academic decries censorship plans  Listenfacebook
An academic says the proposed changes will have a far-reaching impact on the film industry and seem to be broader than the guidelines put in place in June. Kristof Van den Troost is an assistant professor at the Chinese University's Centre for China Studies and a researcher on East Asian films. He spoke to Timmy Sung:
Emirates flights banned from Dubai, Bangkok  Listenfacebook
The government has banned Emirates flights from Dubai and Bangkok for two weeks, after several coronavirus cases arrived on a flight from Pakistan. They were part of the seven new imported cases confirmed on Tuesday. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Mandatory vaccination call for private sector   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has urged the private sector to follow the government's lead and require staff to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Public sector staff must be inoculated, otherwise they must pay for regular Covid-19 testing themselves. Timmy Sung reports:
Employers concerned over mandatory jab proposal  Listenfacebook
An employer representative says companies may be afraid of losing staff if they force them to get Covid jabs. Danny Lau, the life honorary chairman of the Small and Medium Enterprises Association, told Priscilla Ng that the government should provide financial incentives to people, to encourage them to get health checks and allay their fears of suffering severe side effects from the vaccinations.
CE says orderly plan needed on bringing in maids  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Hong Kong cannot allow thousands of foreign domestic workers to arrive in the city each week and their numbers will have to be controlled. Officials are expected to give more details this week on a plan to start allowing helpers to once again travel to the SAR for work. Timmy Sung reports:
Business sector reassured over legal rights  Listenfacebook
A mainland official overseeing Hong Kong affairs has reassured the business sector that Beijing won't change the one country, two systems policy, and the legal rights of investors in the SAR will continue to be protected. A day after addressing Legco, the deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Huang Liuquan, met representatives from the business community. Frances Sit reports:
Conservationist unhappy with Central Market revamp  Listenfacebook
A conservationist says the government could have done a better job at revitalising the historic Central Market to preserve more of its unique structures and make the complex more down-to-earth. Maggie Ho reports:
Beijing accuses US of bullying  Listenfacebook
Beijing has accused the United States of "bullying hegemonic behaviour", hitting back at comments by US vice president Kamala Harris about China's influence in the South China Sea. Wendy Wong reports: