We may have fumbled Cupid issue, says Tela

Obscenity watchdog can do better, official says, as publisher fumes

The media and publishing watchdog admitted yesterday it could have done a better job in handling the case of a book bearing a picture of a famous painting of Cupid.

Saturday, 21 July, 2007, 12:00am

Book lover all aquiver over Cupid in the nude

Reader complains over a cover at fair

A 200-year-old nude image of Greek mythology's sprite of love and his wife has been cleared to go on show at the Book Fair after surviving a challenge from an offended visitor.

19 Jul 2007 - 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

Billboard showing whipped woman is declared decent

The body that adjudicates on media standards has deemed that a giant jeans advertisement featuring a half-naked woman being whipped is not indecent.

The Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (Tela) took photographs of the 37-metre-tall billboard on the Sincere Insurance Building in Wan Chai last week for evaluation after a complaint by a member of the public.

15 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Bureau behind TV anthem move

The plan to create a video featuring the national anthem, which is being broadcast on Hong Kong's Chinese-language TV stations, was hatched by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Government Information Service, it was revealed yesterday.

5 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Bash causes commotion over the ocean

Corporate Hong Kong can have no doubts on Mr Justice Anthony Roger's feelings about rabbits. They have no place in the stock exchange.

The Court of Appeal judge famously gave his take on the need for an independent regulator of stocks in October. 'You cannot have the rabbits in charge of the lettuce,' he stressed.

But where does he stand on dolphins?

10 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Watchdog forwards complaint about lurid Louis Lo reports

The Press Council has for the first time forwarded a public complaint to the Government, over reports by some newspapers on fallen playboy Louis Lo Siu-fai.

17 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Tela officials held over alleged graft

An acting chief executive officer and an executive officer of the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (Tela) were arrested yesterday for alleged corruption in awarding printing and production contracts worth about $1.76 million.

28 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Tai tai's stormy love saga irks TV viewers

A media watchdog has received more than 50 complaints about a public war of words between a tycoon, his socialite ex-wife and her DJ ex-lover.

Fifty-five complaints targeted TV programmes which ran details on the disputes between Teresa Po Wing-kam, executive director of Chinese Estates Joseph Lau Luen-hung, and DJ Hung Chiu-fung.

18 Jan 2000 - 12:00am


I was very interested to read in the South China Morning Post on December 13 that the Urban and Regional Services departments have issued 48 verbal warnings and seven warning letters in four months this year, concerning smoking in restaurants. This compares with 3,594 convictions and fines for smoking in games centres over a period of one year.

22 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Tribunal gives call-girl guides nod for all ages

Guides to prostitutes that appear in some newspapers have been ruled suitable for all ages.

Examples of the newspaper articles had been submitted to the Obscene Articles Tribunal, which said they did not need censoring, the Commissioner for Television and Entertainment Licensing, Eddy Chan Yuk-tak, said yesterday.

14 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Surveys about moral standards held up 13 years

The obscene publications watchdog has failed to explain why surveys on changing public moral standards were delayed for 13 years.

Democrat Fred Li Wah-ming revealed yesterday the Government had submitted a proposal to the Legco Finance Committee asking for funds to carry out surveys for the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (Tela) in 1986.

5 May 1999 - 12:00am

Cup viewers on the ball

It was the biggest, grandest television event of the year. But not all were happy.

The just-released list of complaints lodged with the government hotline for July shows that not everyone was pleased with the TV coverage of World Cup 98.

25 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Years of smut-hunting bring farcical result

All lovers of freedom of expression must be grateful to the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (TELA) for the hilarious way in which it goes about its work.

15 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Enforcement blues for the smut police

The burly men standing inside the tiny shop at a Wan Chai arcade devoted to computer software are keeping an eye on everyone who comes in. They and a few cardboard boxes holding pirated, category IV, video compact discs (VCDs) are all there is to be found on the nondescript premises.

9 Mar 1997 - 12:00am