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May 17, 2007

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lonniebhodge

1400?!! Wow...Thanks for the update....

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For people around the world who are interested in this news, you may wish to know that Hong Kong's Obscene Articles Tribunal is capable of making crazy rulings. In 1995, it actually classified a picture showing Michelangelo's statue of David as indecent (which was only overturned on appeal).

The present controversy sparked off when some hypocrite newspapers (themselves publishing erotic contents daily) and conservative moralistic organizations (some related to the fundamentalist church) condemned the university's student publication for the sex contents, intensified by the government tribunal's classification of it as indecent, which will bring criminal consequence to the student editors. This aroused the anger of a sizable public and in particular some activists on the internet who initiated this campaign. Having read the 'offensive' contents of both, I think it is fair to say that some descriptions in the bible are indeed more explicit than those in the student publication.

The number of complaints have now exceeded 2,000 (while the student publication has received less than 200 complaints). However, the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority has formally declined to refer the bible to the tribunal for classification. The outcome may seem sensible but again it provokes criticisms of double standard.

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