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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 February, 2008, 12:00am

What do you think of the nude photos scandal?

The internet is a powerful tool and sends messages and photos out to the world at the press of a button.

People who are famous can feel an element of exploitation if something they did in their past is dragged up. Compromising photos displayed on the Web can ruin reputations.

Canto-pop star Gillian Chung Yan-tung is young and naive; we all make mistakes. I think that she learned from this one and I feel that she was a victim of her own circumstances.

As for putting pictures of a sexual nature on the Net, the internet provides a lot of things - and freedom of speech is one of them.

Michele Kalish, South Bay

I do not think it is reasonable for nude images of people to be put on the internet. I think it is important for the government to tighten the regulations in this regard and stop people uploading and downloading undesirable photos of celebrities.

Laws must deter people from receiving obscene material.

The monitoring system must be improved and modified.

Teenagers find it easy to access the internet, and if they can view inappropriate material it can be psychologically damaging.

Parents, too, have an important role to play.

They must teach their children to respect others and, therefore, encourage them not to surf for indecent material.

In addition, parents should install scanning software to stop their children receiving obscene material.

By doing so, I hope the trend of viewing this kind of material can be curbed.

Tsui Tsz-yan, Kwun Tong

I believe the government must strictly control obscenity on the internet.

The police should enhance their scrutiny of the internet to check on the distribution of any pornographic material.

The police commissioner, Tang King-shing, has claimed that the police are patrolling the internet more frequently, which is very much appreciated.

Once the police find offenders, the courts must be allowed to issue severe penalties to have a deterrent effect on others who might wish to do the same thing.

Education can also play an important role in controlling obscenity on the internet.

The government should take this opportunity to let the public know that sending obscene photos over the internet is inconsiderate and morally unacceptable.

It should publicise this message through leaflets and advertisements via television and radio and should also use the internet.

Hong Kong citizens should join hands with the government to control obscenity on the internet and elsewhere in society.

Peggy Leung Pui-ki, Tseung Kwan O

On other matters...

Being largely graffiti-free was always a blessing for Hong Kong.

We didn't have those ugly tags everywhere that spoiled other cities around the world.

That is slowly changing. Seemingly everywhere you look nowadays there is some scrawl that invariably remains there for months on end.

A large example of this can be seen on King's Road, Tin Hau (more or less opposite Tsing Fung Street), which has been allowed to stay there for the past month.

I accept that there is no practical way of stopping graffiti but would suggest it should be removed in a timely manner, which is not currently happening.

Studies have shown that a tolerance for graffiti leads not only to more graffiti but also an environment that fosters other antisocial behaviour.

With Hong Kong's labour force and budget surplus, we do have the means to tackle this problem.

If no effective action is taken soon the writing is literally on the wall as to how our city will look in the not-too-distant future.

Gareth Jones, North Point

Nowadays, driving in Hong Kong is not only expensive but also dangerous.

Just look at the news reports. There are fatal accidents on our roads almost every day.

My dad drives me to school and in just one month we have had the frightening experience of people walking onto the road when the no-crossing sign is up at a pedestrian crossing.

First, there was a boy chasing his football into the middle of the road.

On another occasion, three elderly people just walked right in front of our car when the traffic lights were green and they should not have been crossing.

These incidents occurred in the Chai Wan-Siu Sai Wan neighbourhood, the area where I live.

In this area, you see buses, minibuses, taxis and private shuttle buses converge.

It is also a busy area with large, densely packed crowds. The roads and pavements are narrow and in the rush hour it is difficult to negotiate the roads because of the large number of people actually on the road. Strangely, I have never seen a police presence.

I urge the police in this area of Hong Kong Island to pay more attention to the traffic conditions in this area.

Elise Gao, Chai Wan

I am among the people who have previously written to Talkback regarding ESPN Star Sports Cricket Live, which is a premium-price channel offered by Now TV. As many matches were repeated, I suggested it might be given a better name, including Cricket Sometimes Live (Talkback, October 10). I also contacted the Now TV customer services department regarding the repeats. I was told they planned improvements.

Yet this still seems a largely neglected channel, with only a few international fixtures, padded out by domestic matches in Australia and yet more repeats.

England recently played a series in Sri Lanka and have just begun a series in New Zealand, yet none of the matches has been or will be aired on ESPN Star Sports Cricket 'Live'.

Last Thursday, I turned on the television in case that day's 20-20 match was shown - but no, what was showing was yet another repeat.

This woeful level of content might be OK if this was a cheap channel. However, it comes at a premium price.

In my view, a premium price should mean premium content, not just Now TV taking cricket-loving customers for a ride.

Martin Williams, Cheung Chau

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