A newspaper's attack on the Judiciary and paparazzi blitz on a senior judge is the worst case of contempt Hong Kong has ever experienced, a court heard yesterday. 'This is the most serious and flagrant contempt [of court] Hong Kong has ever known. It was as unprecedented as it was persistent,' said prosecutor Ronny Tong SC. 'For over a month the people of Hong Kong were spoon fed daily repetitive doses of scurrilous abuse of not just one judge, not just two judges, but the entire Judiciary. 'The ultimate and unprecedented challenge to the rule of law took the form of an 'educational' paparazzi trail which followed one of our Court of Appeal judges for three days around the clock.' 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, the Court of First Instance was told earlier. But lawyers for the Oriental Press Group argued it could not be saddled with the charges of contempt. John Griffiths SC said there was no evidence which proved the Oriental Press Group or its chairman, Ma Ching-fat, approved, directed or even knew about the anti-Judiciary campaign. To find them guilty of contempt would set a dangerous precedent for newspapers and could put a stranglehold on the freedom of the press, Mr Griffiths said. 'It would be inviting management in future cases to take editorial control,' he said. In January, the Oriental Daily News mounted a three-day paparazzi blitz on Mr Justice Godfrey 'to teach him a lesson'. The surveillance began after the judge refused to allow the Oriental Press Group to take rival Apple Daily to the Court of Final Appeal over the reproduction of pictures of pregnant singer Faye Wong. Wong Yeung-ng, chief editor of the Oriental Daily News at the time, had earlier told the hearing it was his decision to run the campaign and the paparazzi trail. Mr Wong, who resigned from his post in March and is now company controller, apologised to the court through his lawyer, Cheng Huan SC. On December 11, the newspaper'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 column closed with the anonymous author warning the 'pigs' and 'dogs', in Chinese, 'not to mess with me'. In English it added: 'You will regret it! I repeat: You will regret it very much!' The Oriental Press Group, Ma, Oriental Daily Publisher Ltd and two of its directors, Lam Shun-choi and Lam Shun-chuen, and Wong deny contempt of court. The hearing continues today before Chief Judge Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi and Mr Justice Brian Keith.