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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    Press freedom; and cash for public housing queuers

    8:30am-9:15am: press freedom

    8:30am-9:00am: Mark Pinkstone, former government chief information officer

    8:30am-9:15am: CK Lau, Head, Department of Journalism, Baptist University

    8:30am-9:15am: Grace Leung, Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong

    9:15am-9:30am: cash for public housing queuers

    9:15am-9:30am: Vera Yuen, Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong

    Hundreds of police officers raided Apple Daily’s office on Thursday. The editor and four other directors of the media group were arrested. Two of them have been charged with the offence of colluding with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security.

    The raid was the second in less than a year. Police said their operation and arrest were linked to newspaper articles allegedly calling for foreign sanctions. Officers did not disclose any details about the articles, but warned the public they could face prosecution for sharing them on social media. John Lee said ordinary journalists “should cut ties with these criminals before it's too late to repent”.

    Is the raid and prosecution a threat to a free press here? Do you agree that authorities are selectively using the national security law to arbitrarily target independent media organisations? Will it encourage self-censorship? Or should journalists feel safe if they just report facts? What do you make of the different fates of RTHK and Ta Kung Pao journalists in court for identical offences?

    From 9:15am-9:30am, we’re discussing cash handouts for housing queuers. The government will give out up to HK$3,900 a month to families who have been waiting for public housing for more than three years. But individual applicants can only apply if they are elderly. What do you think?

    21/06/2021 - 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)

    21/06/2021 - Press freedom

    21/06/2021 - Cash for public housing queuers






    June 4th under NSL

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings

    8:30am-9:30am: June 4th under NSL

    8:30am-9:00am: Gordon Mathews, Professor of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong 

    8:30am-9:30am: David Zweig, Director, Transnational China Consulting Limited

    9:00am-9:30am: Richard Tsoi, Secretary, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China 

    9:00am-9:30am: Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist and former Director-General of Social Welfare

    On Friday's Backchat, June 4th under NSL.

    This year’s planned vigil was the first after the national security law. But for the second year in a row, it has been banned, with the police citing risks of Covid-19 infection.

    City leader Carrie Lam was asked if the slogan “end one-party rule” in China is illegal, she said, “this is such a complicated matter, and it is difficult for the chief executive to answer here with a yes or a no.” She also declined to comment on why the vigil had been banned when other large gatherings such as concerts and art fairs were allowed.

    The organiser has now dropped calls for people to show up at the vigil, and appealed to residents to mourn in their own way. 7 churches across Hong Kong will hold masses at 8pm to commemorate.

    Sources say the police are planning to deploy up to 7,000 officers to stop any possible unauthorised gatherings. The sources also say people go near Victoria Park and are dressed in black, chant slogans, or light candles, there is a chance they will be considered to be there in connection with the banned assembly.

    What do you think about the ban? How are attitudes to what happened in Beijing in 1989 changing?


    04/06/2021 - 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)

    04/06/2021 - June 4th under NSL

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