🌊 Free Tide: Local radio shows & UK flights cancelled
The MTR boar returns
I’ve saved the best for last in today’s Tide. Also, to the friend of HT who donated to us last night – thank you. Your contributions are much appreciated and we’re grateful for your support :)
From Stand News to RTHK
Two of RTHK’s prominent shows were axed, heightening fears about the loss of media freedom in HK. The hosts of phone-in radio 自由風自由Phone and talk show 五夜講場 were informed of these cuts just last night; the former was forced to bid audiences an abrupt farewell, while the latter’s program was cancelled without a proper goodbye.
Allan Au hosted 自由風自由Phone for over a decade. In his final episode, he expressed regret for not being able to experience maskless shows again before being removed.
“And it's time for me to say goodbye... with this chance I bid farewell to my audience, to my RTHK colleagues and to RTHK, everyone take care.”
— Allan Au
You’re looking at a snapshot of the full picture. Today, HT subscribers got a full review of recent media events and concerns surrounding this update. And a Kermit GIF.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 3 (imported)
Total cases: 11,921 cases so far (84 active cases, 211 total deaths, 11,626 total recovered)
The place-specific flight suspension mechanism has been invoked for the United Kingdom. In other words, all incoming flights from the UK are prohibited from landing here. The UK is also now categorised as an extremely high-risk Group A1 location, meaning anyone who has stayed there for longer than two hours will not be allowed entry into HK.
Police have banned the annual 1 July protests, citing COVID-19 gathering restrictions. After the Civil Human Rights Front announced it wouldn’t be organising these demonstrations for the first time in 18 years, the League of Social Democrats, the Tin Shui Wai Connection and the Save Lantau Alliance planned to host rallies in Victoria Park and from Causeway Bay to Admiralty. In the end, their requests were denied.
Apparently, we get commemorative stamps to celebrate 100 years with the CCP starting 1 July. A government statement says these are “must-have items” and “precious [collectables] not to be missed”.
We usually save this for Paid Tide, but we’ll gift you this today.
I told you I saved the best for last. HK’s favourite piglet was released safely and in good health back to the hills after its journeys on the MTR earlier this month 🥺. The little boar has since sparked discussion on imposing stricter fines and penalties (penalties) on people who feed wild animals.