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Hong Kong Radio Host to Return to Air Waves - 2004-10-10


A Hong Kong radio host frequently critical of the Chinese government who quit his job in May citing intimidation is returning to the air waves.

Raymond Wong signed a new contract Saturday with Hong Kong's Commercial Radio to host a current affairs show that will broadcast at least once a week.

Mr. Wong is one of three radio personalities who left their shows earlier this year amid allegations of threats by pro-Beijing figures for making pro-democracy comments.

He is a strong advocate of direct elections in Hong Kong. Beijing has ruled in April that the territory it took over from Britain in 1997 could not directly elect its leader in 2007 or all of its lawmakers the following year.

Mr. Wong has suggested that pressure which forced him to quit was linked to last month's Legislative Council elections during which pro-Beijing candidates made a better than expected showing.