The Housing Department was accused yesterday of censoring posters in public housing estates. In a reply to the Kwai Tsing District Board last week, the Housing Department said publicity materials posted at its estates outside election periods should not incite 'the public to disobey or defy the authority'. Lau Pak-kin of the Democratic Party yesterday said the rule amounted to political censorship and forced public housing tenants to obey the Government. 'That means we may not be allowed to use banners or posters against the Housing Department's decision to increase the rent,' he said. 'What kind of authority are they referring to? The central Government, the SAR Government or the Housing Department?' 'Will it be seen as inciting the public if we post a banner inviting tenants to take part in rally to commemorate the June 4 massacre?' Mr Lau said the Democrats would ask to meet the Housing Department this week to clarify the regulation. Under the regulation, members of the three tiers of the Government and individual groups have to apply for permission from the relevant public housing estate offices for posting publicity materials.