Obscenity Law

Warning label on 'Fifty Shades', but obscenity checks on English books lax

The first in the series. Photo: AFP

The city's newest bookstore has slapped a warning label on a popular erotic trilogy.

Sunday, 26 August, 2012, 4:59am

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.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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.

22 Apr 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

It's art, not smut, writer argues

One man's smut is another man's art, it seems. A newspaper columnist defended his recent work in the new free paper Sharp Daily as 'literature' after it was ruled indecent by the Obscene Articles Tribunal last Saturday.

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

... 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

Police raid exhibition of female nudes after obscenity complaint

Police were early visitors to an art exhibition opening yesterday, after receiving a complaint that works by an art consultant to Louis Vuitton Asia-Pacific were obscene.

8 May 2010 - 12:00am

Fuss over photo albums much ado about nothing

For as long as people have sold books, there have been those who want to censor books, or at least restrict access to them. This attitude is often driven by laudable motives, such as fears about corrupting young minds with unsavory content.

24 Jul 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

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