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Hong Kong TV to broadcast program hosted by Lam 4 times a day

Beijing, Apr 27 (EFE).- Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam will present a program on electoral reform China imposed on Hong Kong that will be broadcast daily four times a day on the territory’s public radio television RTHK, the channel reported Tuesday.

“Anyone who misses the program will be able to see it on the government’s website,” the text published on the agency’s website read.

It said the program will be in Chinese and that the number of planned programs is unknown.

On her official Facebook profile (censored in mainland China, but accessible in Hong Kong), Lam said she would invite representatives of the 40 sectors that make up the electoral committee, a key body whose access has been restricted to the opposition with the new regulations.

“I will invite people from those sectors to discuss how their restructuring can be representative for the majority and achieve a balanced participation. I invite you to tune in,” added Lam, who will begin his ‘show’ at 6.30 p.m. local time (10.30 GMT) on Wednesday.

In recent months, RTHK has been at the center of all eyes as the Hong Kong authorities did not consider it to carry out impartial reporting, and several journalists have left the network for various reasons, including pressure.

During its annual meeting last month, China approved a reform of the Hong Kong electoral system that will allow Beijing greater presence and control in the institutions of the semi-autonomous region while making it difficult for the opposition.

It came after China authorized a controversial national security law last year for Hong Kong, which came into force on Jun. 30 and provides penalties of up to life imprisonment for cases of secession or collusion with foreign forces, among others.

All this after months of massive anti-government protests that took to the streets of Hong Kong in the second half of 2019. EFE


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