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. The watchdog passed on to the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (Tela) last week a public complaint about the reports by mass-market Chinese newspapers in February and March. Mr Lo, 37, a failed property magnate, hit the headlines in late February after he divulged supposed intimate details to Eastweek magazine about his alleged relationships with several well-known starlets. He later issued a written apology, saying he had been under the influence of alcohol and drugs and that had driven him to make up stories to the press. The council said many reports featured explicit sex-related content and the use of vulgar language which might have a negative impact on young people. 'Though it might have been Lo Siu-fai himself who said those things, newspapers went against media ethics by publishing the details under the banner of reporting facts,' it said in a statement yesterday. Council member Dr Kenneth Leung Wai-yin said the watchdog had taken the unusual step of releasing the statement in a bid to draw public attention to unethical reporting by some newspapers. 'We don't want to name newspapers but to highlight the fact that some issues of no public interest have been sensationalised to the extent that legitimate news events were edged out,' he said. The council said it had received one written complaint and an unspecified number of phone calls from the public about the issue. It is the first time the non-statutory body has forwarded a complaint to Tela since it was set up in 2000. Tela administers the Obscene Articles Tribunal, which adjudicates on the offensiveness of articles. It was unavailable for comment yesterday.