Hong Kong magazine to be prosecuted in pop star pictures row

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Thursday November 2, 2006

Hong Kong- A Chinese gossip magazine is to be prosecuted for publishing indecent pictures of a female Canto-pop star changing costumes during a concert in Malaysia in August, a media report said Thursday. The decision by the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority to take the magazine, Easyfinder, to court followed confirmation by the Obscene Articles Tribunal that pictures of Gillian Chung Yan-tung were indecent, the Standard reported.

The tribunal ruled on Wednesday that the Chung pictures were rude following an appeal by the magazine

The pictures, which caused a storm of protest and generated 2,875 complaints to the tribunal, included images showed Chung taking off her bra backstage during a concert in Malaysia's Genting Highlands.

Easyfinder, which has already incurred fines of up to 50,000 Hong Kong dollars (6,410 US dollars) after being convicted 14 times for publishing risque pictures and articles, faces a possible 800,000 Hong Kong dollar fine if it is convicted over the Chung photographs. The publisher could also be jailed for up to 12 months.

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