A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Jenny Lam

    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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    Proposed legal aid reform; new marine species found in HK waters

    8:30am-9:15am: proposed legal aid reform

    8:30am-9:15am: Michael Davis, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington; Former Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong

    8:30am-9:00am: Priscilla Leung, Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker and Associate Professor of City University’s School of Law 

    9:00am-9:15am: Lawrence Ma, Chairman, Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation 

    9:15am-9:30am: new marine species

    9:15am-9:30am: Qiu Jianwen, Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University

    On Tuesday's Backchat: Proposed legal aid reform; and discovery of new marine species.

    Legco’s Legal Service Panel will examine a government paper proposing that legal aid recipients in criminal cases will no longer be able to choose their own lawyers, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    The planned revamp came after lawmakers said the system had been abused.

    In future, the Director of Legal Aid would assign lawyers to defendants, and nominations would only be accepted in cases such as when the lawyer concerned had already represented the defendant in lower courts.

    The paper also proposed lowering the quotas of legal aid cases that lawyers can undertake, and further limiting the number of judicial review cases they can take on.

    After 9.15am, we’ll be discussing the discovery of new marine life species in Hong Kong waters.


    26/10/2021 - 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)

    26/10/2021 - Proposed legal aid reform

    26/10/2021 - New marine species in HK




    Qiu Jianwen, Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University


    Shih Wing Ching, Founder and Chief Executive, Centaline Group


    Chim Hon-ming, Principal of Chiu Sheung School, Hong Kong; Chairman of the Council of Central and Western District School Heads

    Film censorship; and Central Market

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Jenny Lam

    8:30am-9:15am: film censorship

    8:30am-8:45am: Ho Lok-sang, Director, Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute, Lingnan University

    8:30am-9:15am: Kenny Ng, Associate Professor, Baptist University’s academy of film

    9:00am-9:15am: Chris Yeung, veteran journalist; political analyst

    9:15am-9:30am: Central Market

    9:15am-9:30am: John Batten, President, International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong

    On Thursday's Backchat, film censorship; and Central Market.

    Authorities will have the power to revoke approval already granted to movies for national security purposes under proposed legislation on film censorship.

    Film censors were ordered in June to ban movies deemed to be supporting or glorifying acts that could endanger national security. The plan would also empower the Chief Secretary to direct the Film Censorship Authority to revoke certificates of approval or exemption previously issued for films if they go against national security interests.

    The amendment bill will be tabled at Legco for its first and second reading next Wednesday.

    How will this affect the film industry? What films will be censored – what about foreign films? What sort of censorship is now in place in other cultural areas?

    After 9.15am, we’re discussing the reopening of Central Market after closing down for almost two decades. What do you think of the makeover?


    26/08/2021 - 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)

    26/08/2021 - Film censorship

    26/08/2021 - Central Market

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