The peeping Tom photographs of Canto-pop star Gillian Chung Yan-tung changing her clothes backstage at a concert in Malaysia and published in Easy Finder magazine in 2006 were ruled indecent yesterday. The photos, taken with a hidden camera and showing the semi-nude starlet's upper body in a bra, were deemed 'corrupting and repulsive to readers' by the Obscene Articles Tribunal. The ruling came after Easy Finder was charged with publishing an indecent article with an indecent cover or packaging without a warning notice. The law requires the tribunal to make a determination on articles subject to civil or criminal proceedings. Presiding magistrate Eddie Yip Chor-man delivered the tribunal's judgment on the photos carried on the cover and four inside pages in the August 22, 2006, issue. Easy Finder will answer the summons in Eastern Court next month. Mr Yip wrote that the magazine had been filled with the photos, mostly secretly taken and intended to show off a woman's body while she changed backstage. He rejected the argument that the same issue carried more revealing photos of another star or comparisons of the peeping Tom photos to lingerie ads. He said those pictures were obviously taken voluntarily. He said whether the person pictured had agreed to being secretly photographed was another crucial element he considered in his ruling. He also rejected the defence's argument that the pictures were not indecent because the blurry and grainy photos showed only the starlet's right breast in a bra. The defence claimed that the starlet had changed publicly with a cloth wrapped around her, obviously accepting that her upper body would be seen by others. But the magistrate said it was obvious from the photos that it was her changing room, which should be restricted from public view. Mr Yip added that the magazine was sold throughout Hong Kong at newsstands, convenience stores and supermarkets, and was available in libraries, which are visited by minors.