Hong Kong Upset Over Porn Star Photos

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South China Morning Post, 11/13/05 - The government's media watchdog is considering acting against Oriental Sunday Magazine after several people complained about the publication running a photo of a topless porn star on its cover last week.

The move follows a protest by the Anti-Pornographic and Violent Media Campaign -- which represents 17 concern groups -- outside the headquarters of Next Media, New Media Group and Sing Tao News Corporation two weeks ago.

A spokesman for the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority said it had received seven complaints about the magazine since it hit newsstands on Wednesday.

"We will refer the matter to the Obscene Articles Tribunal. We should have a preliminary result by the end of [this] week."

She also confirmed that all the complaints targeted two photos of a topless Japanese adult video star whom the magazine claimed bore a resemblance to Hong Kong actress Angela Tong Ying-ying.

If the tribunal deems the cover indecent -- a Class II article -- the magazine may be fined $400,000 and the person responsible could be imprisoned for 12 months for a first offence.

The maximum penalties for an obscene or Class III article are a fine of $1 million and three years' imprisonment.

Lam Keung, a spokesman for the Anti-Pornographic and Violent Media Campaign, said he was disappointed the magazine decided to continue running "sleazy" content despite protests from the Professional Teachers' Union, the Society for Truth and Light, Education Convergence and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

"The magazines changed their ways for only one week. I predicted they would return to their old ways again," he said.

Two weeks ago the Post reported that Next, Easyfinder, Sudden Weekly, Oriental Sunday Magazine and East Week pulled near-pornographic images off their covers following the protest.

"They are very sly," Mr. Lam said. "Maybe we need to escalate our action. Perhaps someone needs to storm their offices. But if we do they will accuse us of attacking press freedom. They need to be reminded that someone is constantly watching them."

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