A newspaper which launched a paparazzi blitz on a senior judge and called members of the Judiciary 'swinish white-skinned judges' appeared in court yesterday on charges of contempt. The Oriental Press Group's flagship newspaper, the Oriental Daily News, published seven articles levelling racial slurs at Mr Justice Gerald Godfrey, Mr Justice Anthony Rogers and members of the Obscene Articles Tribunal, whom it called 'yellow-skinned Chinese dogs', the Court of First Instance heard. In January, the newspaper mounted a three-day, round-the-clock paparazzi surveillance of Mr Justice Godfrey, 'to teach him a lesson'. The blitz began after the judge refused to allow the press group to take rival Apple Daily to the Court of Final Appeal over the reproduction of pictures of pregnant singer Faye Wong. Ronny Tong SC, for the Government, argued that the articles attacking the Judiciary and the paparazzi trail 'seriously interfered with the administration of justice by bringing the Judiciary into contempt and disrepute'. The articles referred to the judges and tribunal members as 'judicial scumbags and demons' and 'vicious yellow-skinned adjudicators'. Mr Tong argued this could not be defended as fair comment. He also complained the official court translation of the slurs 'was mild and had been watered down'. Chief Judge Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi agreed, but said the translation would stand. 'Freedom of the press, which embodies the right to free speech, the right to criticise and the due administration of justice, are the founding pillars of our society,' Mr Tong said. 'Such conduct tears at the very fabric of our society and . . . will not be tolerated.' The Oriental Press Group and its chairman, Ma Ching-fat, Oriental Daily Publisher Ltd and two of its directors, Lam Shun-choi and Lam Shun-chuen, and former Oriental Daily News editor Wong Yeung-ng deny contempt.