Majority oppose erotic media content

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 February, 2009, 12:00am

A majority of Hongkongers are unhappy with both the amount of erotic content in the media and the publicity given to such content, a survey has found.

The survey, by a coalition of members of religious groups, parents, teachers and social workers, also showed that 60 per cent of young people were in favour of tighter controls on obscene and indecent material on the internet. It was conducted in response to a public consultation on a review of the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance.

The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau launched the consultation in October with 11 suggestions aimed at curbing young people's access to obscene and indecent materials on the Web. A bureau spokeswoman said that nearly 10,000 submissions had been received from individuals and organisations when the consultation ended yesterday.

A second round of consultations will be held later this year.

The Anti-Pornographic and Violence Media Campaign, an umbrella group set up in 2000, interviewed 836 students, 122 teachers, 104 social workers, 243 parents, and 107 respondents from other sectors in the past four months. It found that 53.5 per cent of young people were unhappy with the amount of play given to erotic content in the media.

Wong Hak-lim, vice-president of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union, called for stronger regulation of online content. 'Young people are used to putting everything on the internet and spreading it around. The situation is out of control.'

Another member of the group, Ken Chan Kam-ming, also the chief officer of children and youth services at the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, said the government had a role to play because of the international scope of the problem.

Conservative groups urged tighter controls on obscene and indecent material, while representatives of homosexual, sex education and information technology groups attacked such proposals, saying they would curb the flow of information.