The hearing of a challenge by editors of the Chinese University Student Press, to what they term an 'invalid' interim indecency ruling on two editions of its journal, was adjourned indefinitely after the Obscene Articles Tribunal heard the students planned to seek a judicial review of the ruling. During a public review hearing yesterday, barrister Erik Shum Sze-man called on the tribunal to overturn its interim ruling, saying it was legally invalid because it failed to specifically identify the particular parts of the articles that were indecent. This was opposed by senior government counsel Anthea Pang Po-kam, who said the tribunal did not have the power to make such a ruling and Mr Shum's claims would require a separate hearing of evidence, including how the tribunal came to the interim ruling. Mr Shum then asked for an adjournment, saying the journal would seek a judicial review in the High Court 'in order to save this tribunal's time'. Presiding magistrate Selwyn Au See-hin adjourned the hearing indefinitely to allow the students to lodge the application, and said the hearing would not resume until those proceedings were concluded. The students are challenging the interim ruling in May that the February and March issues, which contained a survey of students' sexual fantasies including bestiality and incest, were class 2 indecent articles and suitable for distribution only to people over 18. Mr Shum asked the magistrate if he could obtain a detailed version of the ruling, but Mr Au said the tribunal had no printed records to offer him. He referred to a tribunal document sent to the editors, which said the articles contained 'pictures depicting pornography' and 'text that explicitly depicted varied sexual behaviour and sexual acts' that had created an erotic effect. The barrister said the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority and the Department of Justice had complained that different parts of the articles were indecent. 'Because we didn't know which particular parts were indecent, therefore we have to guess,' he said. Chief editor Tsang Chiu-wai said the editors had been 'dumbfounded' to find the tribunal's classification proceedings were full of loopholes. 'It didn't clearly list which particular text or pictures were found to be indecent ... there were no written records regarding the classification proceedings,' he said. Mr Tsang said he hoped to seek a fair and just verdict through a judicial review because the ruling would have a permanent effect on future editorial teams of the CU Student Press. More than 20 students staged a rally outside the court after the hearing closed in the middle of the morning. They hoisted signed petitions from the public, and from local and international scholars, calling for freedom of speech to be respected.