A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings

    Backchat is RTHK Radio 3's current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation. It airs every weekday from 8.30am-9.30am. Have your say by calling us on 233 88 266, Backchat's Facebook , or send us a message at backchat@rthk.hk

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    Apple Daily; and Taiwan's representative in HK

    8:30am-9:15am: Apple Daily

    8:30am-9:15am: Clement Woo Kin-man (in photo), Chairman of Tai Po South Area Committee and former member of Tai Po District Council

    8:30am-9:15am: Keith Richburg, President, Foreign Correspondents' Club;
    Director and Professor of Practice, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU

    9:15am-9:30am: Taiwan's representative in HK

    9:15am-9:30am: Mark O’Neill, Author and China analyst

    On Wednesday’s Backchat, Apple Daily; and Taiwan's representative in Hong Kong.

    Apple Daily staff have been told the newspaper could cease operations this coming Saturday unless authorities release assets frozen as part of a national security

    The media outlet has already stopped its English and online financial news.

    Five executives were arrested on June 17 when 500 police officers raided the media group’s office. The CE insisted that the arrest had nothing to do with journalism and it cannot be described as suppression of press freedom.

    She accused the United States of "beautifying" acts that endanger national security with its criticism of the Hong Kong authorities' crackdown on Apple Daily, saying the territory's national security law must be enforced.

    What does it mean to the news industry and what impact will this bring? Will other outlets close? Do you think the closure is politically motivated? What did you think of Apple Daily?

    From 9:15am-9:30am, we’ll be discussing Taiwan's representative in Hong Kong. Staff of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office returned to Taiwan last weekend after the office said they were asked to sign a statement to support the “One China” policy. What does the move mean?


    23/06/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    23/06/2021 - Apple Daily

    23/06/2021 - Taiwan's representative in HK







    Documentaries; Helicopter on Mars

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings

    On Friday's Backchat, documentaries - and helicopters on Mars.
    DAB lawmaker Holden Chow has warned that the pro-democracy Confederation of Trade Unions could be violating the national security law with its private screenings of three documentaries on the social unrest of 2019. He said the group could be seen as "promoting terrorism"

    The screening of the documentary about the events in the PolyU during the 2019 protest had been postponed after officers from the Office for Film Newspaper and Article Administration visited the venue asking for screening details. The CTU said they claimed that they have the right to send someone to the screening, and to monitor if the CTU have the screening permit and to check the participants' ID cards.

    The film is allowed to be screened here although it has to also show a warning that some of the acts depicted “might constitute criminal offences”. Earlier this year, extensive attacks by several pro-Beijing media outlets spurred a cinema and some arts centres to scrap screenings of the film.
    Other documentaries are in the news too, with a Norwegian film - the Oscar Nominated ‘Do Not Split’ being slammed by China state media. They said it should not win the award as it lacks artistry and is full of biased political stances.

    They warned the Oscars should not be reduced to political tools; otherwise, it will hurt Chinese audiences' feelings and may lead to a heavy loss in the Chinese film market.
    The Oscars themselves will not be aired live on TV here.
    Should documentary films be balanced? Accurate? Should they be impartial, or partial? Does that make them propaganda? How are they different to news reports? Do some promote terrorism?

    From 9:15am-9:30am, we'll be discussing Ingenuity - NASA's new helicopter drone which successfully flew on Mars

    8:30-9:15am Documentaries
    8:30am-9:15am Phone: Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist and former Director-General of Social Welfare
    8:30am-9am Phone: Jenny Lam, Senior Lecturer from the Hong Kong Baptist University and former News Editor of TVB News.
    9am-9:15am, Wong Yu-loy, Organising coordinator, Confederation of Trade Unions
    9:15-9:30am Helicopter on Mars
    Phone: Quentin Parker, Professor, Department of Physics and Director of Space Research Laboratory, HKU


    23/04/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    23/04/2021 - Documentaries

    23/04/2021 - Helicopter on Mars

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