Obscene Articles Tribunal

Obscenity tribunal controversy


Thursday, 19 April, 2012, 12:00am

Revamp tipped for obscenity watchdog

The government is floating the idea of stripping the Obscene Articles Tribunal of its duty of classifying publications, as it seeks opinions on how to revamp the system.

It is also considering doubling fines for publishing obscene material, citing public concern.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Moral guardians without a reliable compass ...

People have different moral values which can evolve over time. This makes it difficult to reach a consensus on what constitutes public decency. So it is not surprising that the first stage of a consultation on an overhaul of the city's obscenity laws unearthed diverse views among the public.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

... expose city to ridicule for a nervousness about nudes

A police visit has turned a sedate art exhibition into the talk of the town. Jonathan Thomson - whose artworks featuring nude females have attracted the force's interest because of a single complaint - has suddenly received more publicity than the best-run advertising campaign could generate.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

Creation of Chrissie Chau is a model of marketing excellence

If the recently established CreateHK has some sort of award for outstanding creative business in town, those behind the creation of so-called pseudo-model Chrissie Chau should be among the finalists. Don't get us wrong.

8 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Tribunal's arbitrariness makes an ass of us all

The decision by the publisher of the Chinese-language edition of National Geographic to sell its latest edition in a transparent plastic packet with a warning about explicit content looks like overreaction. The popular scientific monthly is internationally respected. It is not known for lewd content.

1 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Arbiters of decency must be representative

How we determine what constitutes public indecency or obscenity should reflect the prevailing views of society while not unduly restricting freedom of expression. Recent events that outraged people's sense of decency showed the need to review Hong Kong's system. The government yesterday put forward a range of options which deserve consideration and debate.

4 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Obscenity watchdog criticised over student newspaper ruling

The obscenity watchdog came under fire yesterday, with barristers accusing it of failing to explain why a series of sex articles in a student newspaper was ruled indecent last year.

18 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Tribunal assessors call for reform

Better classification system on obscene material is needed: adjudicators

Adjudicators of the Obscene Articles Tribunal have called for reforms to the classification mechanism after controversy over the celebrity sex photos.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Magazine denied obscenity appeal over photos of 'kidnapped actress'

A magazine that published semi-nude photographs of an apparently kidnapped actress has failed in its attempt to appeal against the classification of that issue as obscene.

The Court of Final Appeal yesterday refused to allow Three Weekly to take its complaints about the Obscene Articles Tribunal's classification of the photos any further.

17 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Review of what is obscene to be speeded up

Public confused, official admits

The government will move quickly to carry out a planned review of the classification mechanism for obscene and indecent articles after an official admitted it could confuse people.

15 Jan 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

Review sought over decision on sex articles

The former editor of a student newspaper that published a controversial sex survey earlier this year has applied for a judicial review of the decision that classified it as indecent.

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Ming Pao seeks review of indecency ruling on sex-column articles

A newspaper is seeking a judicial review of an interim indecency classification imposed on features it ran on the Chinese University student journal's controversial sex column.

24 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Student editors seek judicial review

The hearing of a challenge by editors of the Chinese University Student Press, to what they term an 'invalid' interim indecency ruling on two editions of its journal, was adjourned indefinitely after the Obscene Articles Tribunal heard the students planned to seek a judicial review of the ruling.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am