The government is under mounting pressure to review the Telecommunications Ordinance, on the eve of a debate in the Legislative Council on the Citizens' Radio row. The Democratic Party will table a motion tomorrow calling for legislative amendments to open up the airwaves and to provide digital television and radio broadcasting channels for public use. The non-binding motion is being viewed as an opportunity for parties to declare their stances after the High Court yesterday ruled in favour of Citizens' Radio, which was fighting a government injunction against unlicensed broadcasting. The administration, which had been refusing to comment on the need for a review pending court proceedings, appeared to have softened its position. 'We will keep in view the policy and relevant legislation from time to time, taking into account the need of our community in the light of advancement in broadcasting technologies and rising community expectation,' a spokesman for the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said. Democratic Party legislator James To Kun-sun, who is sponsoring the debate, said the government should review the law regardless of whether it won or lost future legal battles. 'To avoid any vacuum, the government should launch the review regardless of the outcome now.' A Democratic Party source said it had suggested to top officials that Citizens' Radio refrain from broadcasting for three months in return for a commitment to review the law. 'I believe [Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development] Frederick Ma [Si-hang] will have to give a more positive response to the motion debate,' the source said, referring to Citizens' Radio's announcement on Sunday that it would not transmit for three months but vowing to 'declare war' if the government did not provide a timetable for amending the law by April 20. The legal battle has already prompted the government to delay a long-awaited public consultation on public service broadcasting which touches on the sensitive issue of RTHK's future. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong legislator Chan Kam-lam said the law could be reviewed separately from the public consultation as RTHK was involved. Mr Chan will table an amendment to Mr To's motion, reinforcing the need to prosecute unlicensed broadcasting and to ensure that legitimate telecommunications are not interfered with. Leung Tin-wai, Shue Yan University journalism and communications department head, said the public consultation could also address the need to open up public broadcasting. As a member of a government-appointed panel which made detailed recommendations on public service broadcasting, he said: 'The government should have long ago opened up the radio spectrum.'