Arbiters of decency need better rules

The way obscenity laws are enforced from one place to another reflects public taste and morality. But the situation in Hong Kong is somewhat different.

Sunday, 22 April, 2012, 12:00am

Businessman cleared of indecent conduct

The managing director of an investment company, Allen Chan Zoony-yee, 60, was acquitted in Eastern Court of indecent conduct towards a child under the age of 16. He was accused of asking a 15-year-old boy whether he wanted his private parts scratched in a Hong Kong Country Club steam room in February.

22 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Indecent photos lead to service order

A man who took hundreds of photos up women's skirts was yesterday ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. Chan Yung, 39, admitted committing acts outraging public decency and was sentenced before Acting Principal Magistrate Amanda Woodcock in Kwun Tong Court.

19 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Obscene article public notices may be tasteless fare to digest at breakfast

Periodic public notices posted by the Obscene Articles Tribunal make for intriguing reading.

23 May 2009 - 12:00am

Man charged with outraging public decency

Police yesterday laid charges against a 31-year-old man caught on the University of Hong Kong campus dressed in women's underwear. University security staff had caught the man, who police identified only by the surname Lee, in the Knowles Building on the campus at about 1.20am on Monday.

1 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Watchdog must uphold community values

People may have different moral values, but this does not mean some shared belief about what constitutes public decency is impossible in a community. The notion of community standards is a fluid one, but some acts may be deemed so offensive that they can reasonably be expected to shock people's sense of decency.

3 May 2008 - 12:00am

Arbiter of decency has to reflect public's tastes

The Obscene Articles Tribunal is ostensibly our gatekeeper of decency. Unfortunately, its rulings frequently provoke public mockery or outrage. For a classification system to be credible, it must broadly reflect community standards. However, those standards are shifting all the time, hence the system itself requires constant adjustment.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

'No one is perfect. There are always inadequacies, particularly in the area of management'

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

Indecent or free speech?

The sex survey in Chinese University's Student Press has been provisionally judged indecent. If guilty, editors could be fined up to HK$400,000 and spend up to a year in jail. Is this a press freedom issue? Write to us

13 May 2007 - 12:00am

Precedent set by serial offender in ladies' lavatories

If police succeed in convicting a camera-phone pest of outraging public decency, the defendant will achieve notoriety as the only Hong Kong person to be prosecuted under the law in modern times.

22 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Maid on indecency charge

An Indonesian maid, 20, appeared in Tsuen Wan Court charged with indecent conduct towards her employer's two-year-old son. The case was adjourned to July 10.

27 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Awareness helps to raise media standards

Although there are many creative and innovative VCDs, videos and Web sites readily accessible to young people, it is also easy for them to get hold of obscene materials.

21 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Violin teacher jailed for molesting student

A DISGRACED music teacher who molested a student after demonstrating a Mozart minuet reluctantly went to jail amid emotional scenes in court yesterday.

The 60-year-old violin instructor's sobbing wife sank to her knees in front of the dock, shouting protests that her husband had been framed by the 15-year-old girl.

1 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Warning on Clinton sex reports

Reports of President Bill Clinton's sexual encounters must abide by indecency laws, newspapers and Web sites were warned yesterday.

15 Sep 1998 - 12:00am


I REFER to the report headlined, 'Decency team up to its ears in porn law', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on February 5.

Please note that the figures quoted in the third paragraph, that is, 12,460 and 8,159, are the total number of articles/matters classified/determined during 1994 and 1995 respectively.

9 Feb 1996 - 12:00am