Magazine sued over faked nude photo

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 April, 2008, 12:00am

An entertainer is suing a magazine for libel after it published photos of someone else's nude body with her head superimposed on it.

Niki Chow Lai-ki, who was recently voted one of Hong Kong's most beautiful women and is a spokeswoman for brands such as Colgate, Pantene and Biore, is suing the publisher and editor-in-chief of Oriental Sunday magazine over the pictures, which appeared on the cover of the March 25 edition and on its website.

A writ filed in the High Court on Tuesday alleges that World Sources (HK), the publisher, and Tso Suet-chung, the editor, 'caused to be published a photograph purporting to be that of [Chow] in the nude and in a pornographic pose'.

It further alleges that the photo was accompanied by the headline in Chinese: 'The aftermath of pornographic photos; a flood of celebrities' nude photos on the internet'. Words to the effect that the photo was suspected of being Chow allegedly appeared near the headline.

'The defendants knew that the photo was a digitally manipulated photograph where [Chow's] facial image was superimposed on the image of a naked female body in a pornographic pose,' the writ says.

Chow is 'unmarried and a person who enjoys a clean, wholesome and healthy reputation', the writ claims. The effect of the photo's publication was such that it would lead people to believe that she was 'cheap, unchaste, sexually depraved and/or of low morality', the writ says.

It claims the magazine refused an invitation to publish a correction.

Chow is seeking damages for libel over the cover as well as republications on the internet, an injunction stopping the magazine running the picture again, and an order for removal of the photo from all publications. She also wants an apology published.