'There is too much repression in society over sex topics'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 October, 2008, 12:00am

The Chinese University Student Press has continued to publish controversial articles despite the Obscene Articles Tribunal's classification and mounting pressure on the paper over its sex columns since last year.

'Our editorial team feel proud of what we have done,' said Thomas Tsang, who took over from Tong Sai-ho, the sex articles' author and editor-in-chief of the CU Student Press immediately after the controversy.

'There is too much repression in society over sex topics. People lack the channels and language to express these issues. We just want to let people use the forum to explain what they feel,' Mr Tsang said.

'There are many views from minorities like sex workers, gays and lesbians being neglected. There is no right and wrong on people's desire. People should have the right to do what [they] want as long as it hurts no one.'

Mr Tsang left the editor's post in March, and his successor shares his beliefs.

Admitting there had been huge pressure from teachers and peers, Mr Tsang said they had persevered as they did not want the voice of minorities to be drowned out. 'All of us believe there is the need to speak for these minorities,' he said.

While smiling outside court after yesterday's ruling, Mr Tsang and his colleagues were not viewing it as a victory.

'What the court ruled did not challenge the tribunal's classification but was merely based on its handling of the case.

'We think people should take this opportunity to think twice over our freedom rights. What do we really want to hear and read? What are the unreasonable restrictions posed on us?' he said.