The rebel broadcasters behind Citizens' Radio announced yesterday the station would stay off the air for three months, but vowed to 'declare war' against the government if it did not provide a timetable for amending the Telecommunications Ordinance by April 20. Tsang Kin-shing, director of the unlicensed radio station, said at a press conference the intention was not to challenge an injunction order but to fight the government's clampdown on freedom of expression. He said his station would go on the air only if large-scale democracy campaigns were held in the next three months. Otherwise, its programmes would be broadcast only on the internet. 'We will quietly wait for the good news from the government,' said Mr Tsang who, with five other activists, is facing criminal action over unlicensed broadcasting. 'If the government does not put forward a timetable on the amendment of the ordinance within three months, we will declare war against them again. We will continue with our civil disobedience action until the very end.' Mr Tsang said Hong Kong was far behind many countries - including Singapore and India - in allowing different voices to be heard through the liberalisation of the airwaves. The bold ultimatum was issued on the eve of Mr Justice Michael Hartmann's judgment on whether a permanent injunction should be imposed to ban Citizens' Radio from going on the air. On Friday, the Court of First Instance judge lifted a temporary injunction on the broadcaster. He acknowledged that the activists believed their acts were lawful following a January 8 ruling by Magistrate Douglas Yau Tak-hong that the licensing provisions in the Telecommunications Ordinance were unconstitutional. In his ruling, Mr Yau said the ordinance gave the chief executive 'unfettered and unchecked' power to control who could conduct radio broadcasts. It also breached the freedom of expression provisions in the Bill of Rights and the Basic Law, the magistrate said. Legal experts believe today's ruling will affect the outcome of the contempt of court action the government launched against the six activists on January 13 for defying the interim injunction order by going on air.