Explicit ad slips past censors onto phone game

A sexually explicit advertisement has slipped past the censors and is appearing on games that can be freely downloaded and used by young children.

Monday, 18 June, 2012, 12:00am

Obscenity tribunal controversy


What's happened? The government is considering changing the way it handles obscene material. It has opened a round of public consultation. At issue is whether or not it should strip the Obscene Articles Tribunal of its duty of classifying publications. It would then need to appoint another panel to do this.


19 Apr 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

Obscenity body struggles to find volunteers

The obscenity watchdog is struggling to meet its target for recruiting adjudicators to rule on obscene and indecent films and publications.

The Obscene Articles Tribunal said in 2010 that it wanted to increase the number of part-time adjudicators who sit on the panel from 280 to 500, but has so far only signed up 401.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I think what I write is literature and in good taste

Hong Kong columnist Chip Tsao, rejecting the Obscene Articles Tribunal's ruling that his articles are indecent

Today's victory is not just for migrant workers but also a victory for justice

Eman Villanueva, spokesman for the Asian Migrants' Co-ordinating Body, on yesterday's verdict

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Watchdog decides that with only one complaint, nude show goes on

The Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority will not take further action against an exhibition featuring paintings of nude females by an art consultant to Louis Vuitton Asia-Pacific.

'We don't need further information now. We will monitor the case and will not take further action at this stage,' a spokeswoman for the authority said.

11 May 2010 - 12:00am

20 years of watching porn, all in the name of public interest

Wilson Yip Hing-kwok has been watching pornographic videos for the past two decades. He says it's a dirty job but someone has to do it.

10 May 2010 - 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

Community service order for obscene photos

A recent graduate of Chinese University who uploaded sex clips onto the internet showing a man who calls himself Chen Koon-A - a name similar to that of the central figure in last year's celebrity sex-photos scandal, Edison Chen Koon-hei - was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

1 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Obscenity law proposals set to be shot down

The government has received 'highly diverse' views during its first review in almost a decade of the city's obscenity laws, with no consensus within reach other than enhancing public education.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Clip of girl performing oral sex on bus prompts police inquiry

Police are investigating an incident in which an apparently teenaged girl performed oral sex on a man in a public bus in broad daylight.

The investigation was prompted by the appearance in an online forum of a video clip of the incident.

9 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

If you read in Chinese, they censor the nudes

For the second time in nine months, National Geographic magazine is being sold in a sealed plastic bag carrying the warning required for pornographic publications - that it be kept away from readers below 18.

24 May 2009 - 12:00am

75pc of public want tougher Web censorship

A survey on the review of the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance shows the general public is more in favour of regulating cyberspace than the internet community.

More than 75 per cent of the 1,531 interviewees aged 15 or above think government regulation of obscene and indecent articles online should be 'stricter than it is now'.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

The nude - bedeviled by a long history of divided opinion

Nudity was once common in art but today the naked human body almost always has sexual implications.

Two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks depicted naked male bodies in their art in praise of their gods, heroes and Greek athleticism. This practice changed with the rise of Christianity.

7 Apr 2009 - 12:00am