The Oriental Press Group management did not know its flagship newspaper planned to publish racial slurs against the Judiciary or set up a three-day paparazzi trail of a senior judge, a former chief editor said yesterday. Wong Yeung-ng was chief editor of the Oriental Daily News late last year and in January when the newspaper published seven articles which levelled racial slurs at Mr Justice Gerald Godfrey, Mr Justice Anthony Rogers and members of the Obscene Articles Tribunal, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday. One of the articles said the group welcomed legal action over its comments on the Judiciary and had 'long-prepared itself' for it. But Mr Wong, who is now company controller, claimed the statement was 'empty talk . . . and a figure of speech'. Ronny Tong, SC, for the Government, asked him if he had discussed the campaign with management. Mr Wong said the 'paparazzi trail' of Mr Justice Godfrey had been concocted by the Oriental Daily News newsroom and not the group's management or chairman, Ma Ching-fat. On December 11 the paper's Kung Fu Tea column called Mr Justice Godfrey and Mr Justice Rogers 'swinish white-skinned judges'. It referred to tribunal members as 'yellow-skinned Chinese dogs'. The paper had been refused leave to go to the Court of Final Appeal over rival Apple Daily's reproduction of pictures of singer Faye Wong. The Oriental Press Group, Mr Ma, Oriental Daily Publisher and two of its directors, Lam Shun-choi and Lam Shun-chuen, and Mr Wong deny contempt of court. The hearing continues today before Chief Judge Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi and Mr Justice Brian Keith.