Manet not classified indecent
I refer to an article written by Jane Moir headlined, 'Anger as painting causes brush with censors' (South China Morning Post, August 9).
The article, I am afraid, was not entirely accurate. Fundamentally, the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority has not classified any of the slides or photos of Manet's paintings as indecent. What actually happened was that some of the slides submitted were classified as II (A) (unsuitable for children), because of frontal nudity depicted.
As is widely known, Class II (A) under the Film Censorship Ordinance is advisory, which means that parents are to exercise their own discretion in allowing their children access to the show.
As a matter of interest, your readers may like to know that by our standards, the picture of the painting Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe which appeared in Miss Moir's article, on its own is considered as suitable for all ages.
I hope this clarifies the situation.
P.T. CHEUNG Commissioner Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority