Thursday, March 06, 2008

Hong Kong sex scandals

By Uncle Cheng

W
hen I say that in my thirty years in Hong Kong there has never been such a sensational scandal as this one, I think you will know which one I am referring to.

This super-sized sex scandal
(Note: AP Photo) has captivated not only Hong Kong but the entire Chinese diaspora worldwide. Society’s prurient gaze has been entranced by the story of the nude bodies of famous celebrities from the entertainment world.

What is extraordinary is that thanks to the internet the most intimate sexual acts (which incidentally must be occurring many times a second somewhere or other) have been almost forced on the public. It feels as if these photographs have somehow invaded our own homes, so pervasive has the internet become.

Is this a kind of watershed or tuning point in history, where in the twinkling of an eye, just about everyone, at all levels of society from my building’s security guard to the taxi driver I took to Central to the typical housewife in Shaukiwan, has been confronted by the most intimate sexual photos of hugely famous people? If this is the internet, do we want it?

The power of the internet to destroy privacy is now self-evident. It behaves like a starved lion let loose on a chicken farm.
Of course, as a mere lawyer I am interested by the legal side of things. Especially perplexing is how the Obscene Articles Tribunal (O.A.T.) will react.

What can it do? How effective can its rulings be? The internet may be like an untamed beast but can the O.A.T. tame the print media?


Quite a number of publications have reproduced a few of the hundreds of offending photographs, though always suitably blurred in all the required places to stay within the law. Despite the careful blurring, the question remains ‘Can the published photographs, despite their censoring blurs, be classified as obscene or indecent?’


Of course, newspapers and news magazines can argue that by the nature of their trade they have a public duty to publish news. And if nothing else these photographs are certainly news. That after all is how the media makes its money.

In a free and democratic society the press, as we all know, has important duties to perform. We also know that the dividing line between press censorship and freedom of the press can be difficult to define.


This is why the O.A.T. always has a problematic task to perform. Sadly, though, its performance to date has been erratic and its rationale hard to follow. I have myself represented a well-known publishing company for many years and dealt with cases involving the O.A.T. and from my limited experience I would say that the decisions of the O.A.T. are sometimes bizarre and often unpredictable.

I heard of an O.A.T. case, which was quite obviously a borderline case, where something in one publication was considered by the O.A.T. and yet an almost identical item in another publication was not brought to the attention of the O.A.T. at all. In the event the O.A.T. presiding officer, who was a trained lawyer, managed somehow to convince the other two laymen sitting with him that the photograph in question should be classified as indecent.


However, it is not fair to blame the O.A.T. totally for the present unsatisfactory state of affairs. The prosecution authorities (TELA) have a greater responsibility and heavier burden to bear. It is well-known in the publishing world that prosecutions are often very selective and similar articles or photographs may be classified to be indecent by one tribunal but not necessarily by another.

When such disparities occur it becomes difficult for the tribunals decision to be treated with respect.


The O.A.T. will no doubt be inundated with requests for classification regarding the ongoing sex scandal. Just how the O.A.T. deals with the publications may well decide the O.A.T.’s own future.
There is also the bigger question whether the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance needs to be amended. One thing is certain, however. After what has happened certain aspects of life will never be quite the same again.

I will say no more.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I just registered and wanted to pop in and introduce myself to the community. Let me just say that it is a great forum that you have here.

Here are some other web sites and blogs that might be of interest to you.

[url=http://skintoday.info]skintoday.info[/url] - skintoday.info
[url=http://skintoday.info]skincareblog.info[/url] - skincareblog.info
[url=http://skintoday.info]skinsmart.info[/url] - skinsmart.info
[url=http://skintoday.info]skincareshop.info[/url] - skincareshop.info

skin care products and tips and tricks

Sambu Adhikari said...

Welcome to Buna Treks
BUNA "The Best & Unique Nepal Adventure" Company was founded by a group of dynamic Nepalese Tourism Professionals. This company has led countless adventures throughout various Himalayan destinations, which have included India, Tibet and Bhutan. With two decades of experience of organizing adventure trekking, and leisure trips tailor-made for families, schools and corporate executives, we can offer you quality equipment, excellent food that will add harmony in your Himalayan adventure
Trekking in Nepal
Trekking Company in Nepal
Everest base camp trekking
Annapurna base camp trekking
Manaslu Circuit trekking
Upper mustang trekking
Kangjunga trekking
Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Anonymous said...

In this case, it might be better to start an organic vegetable garden in a raised
bed. Blotches or tunnels usually mean your plant has leaf
miners. Each has his own concoction of soapy water, tobacco juice
or hot pepper solutions to to deter these nasty pests and try those first.



My weblog - clubfoot

langtang kabiraj said...



Well-Come to Trekking Guide Team Adventure( P).Ltd


Langtang valley trekking

Trek through views from the west Manaslu (8156mm) and Ganesh Himal (7406m). and this trek people can do 10 days hiking up to Lama hotel and through the langtang village one the way you will see nice mountain view , and explore the kyanjing Gumpa and back to down same to shrbubeshi Drive back to Kathmandu . if you want more information visit our website http://www.nepalguidetrekking.com/Langtang-Region/langtang-valley-trekking.php

Anonymous said...

Here is the complete guide to create custom keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome which you can start browsing websites on rapid speed.

Sub-Genre: Reality Simulation - Person-centered reality simulation games provide the user with the ability to control
a single, or sometimes a handful, of individual characters.
Multiple PC and Controller Support Install on as many PCs/MAC as
you like. If you are using your own clubs, clean it with a
wet cloth at least every 2-3 days. Unfortunately, the series has been
dormant for quite some time and there isn't any indication that it will be returning anytime soon.

Visit my web-site: simulator

Anonymous said...

Its not surprising that people might become depressed during
stressful times – such as going through a divorce, caring for a sick relative or
financial problems. An image will help flesh out exactly what you’re trying to announce while adding character,
flavor and visual appeal to the document.
Thanksgiving day is coming, I should buy a thanksgiving gift for Linda.
If you suspect that your method has become infected there are a number of points you can do yourself
to try to get rid of the offending application.
You must be introduced with a display screen with several alternatives one particular of which
will be safe mode with networking.

my web blog: neckar

Rabin Gurung said...

Adventure Great Himalaya is a government registered Trekking company in Nepal. comprised of qualified and experienced professional Nepal Trekking Agency. Adventure Great Himalaya has provided thousands of high quality trekking and tours trips for clients from all over the world. If your interest lies in Trekking In Nepal, Peak climbing, Tours in Nepal and River rafting or cultural sightseeing, our professional and knowledgeable staff is available to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Leave your worries to us and enjoy your holidays in Nepal.
trekking company in Nepal
Trekking Agency in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal
Everest base camp trek
Annapurna base camp trek
manaslu Circuit Trekking
Peak Climbing in Nepal
Langtang Valley Trek
Upper Mustang
Kanchanjunga Trekking

Sappa Tamang said...

Namaste and welcome to Nepal Base Camp Treks!!!

Nepal Base Camp Treks is one of the best trekking agencies in Nepal. We operate fantastic trekking, mountaineering, peak climbing, jungle safari and tours packages in various must-go tourist destinations of Nepal and our neighboring countries Bhutan and Tibet. So, don’t bother searching for a reliable and excellent trekking operator in Nepal coz Nepal Base Camp Treks Pvt. Ltd. is already with you.
Everest Base Camp Treks
Trekking in Nepal
Trekking Company in Nepal
Annapurna base camp Treks
Manaslu circuit trek
Everest trekking
Annapurna circuit Treks
Langtang Valley Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking
Kanchanjunga Trekking
Trekking Guide in Nepal
Peak Climbing in Nepal
Package tour in Nepal

Rabin Gurung said...

Adventure Mountain Guide Team has been a leader in providing high country Travels and adventure activities Trekking in Nepal, 'www.adventuremountainguide.net' organizes Adventure Trekking, Peak Climbing, Package tours and river rafting for groups and individuals from all walks of life. We can assure that flexible design any program or package to suit your interest, schedule, fitness level and budget travels Service. Our highly experienced and professional Working team will be always ready to provide you the best of all trekking and tours services in Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal
Trekking Guide in Nepal
Everest Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna base camp trekking
Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking
Kanchanjunga trekking
Upper Dolpo Trekking
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
Langtang Valley Trekking
Peak Climbing in Nepal
Island Peak Climbing
Mera Peak Climbing
Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Rabin Gurung said...

Adventure Mountain Guide Team has been a leader in providing high country Travels and adventure activities Trekking in Nepal, 'www.adventuremountainguide.net' organizes Adventure Trekking, Peak Climbing, Package tours and river rafting for groups and individuals from all walks of life. We can assure that flexible design any program or package to suit your interest, schedule, fitness level and budget travels Service. Our highly experienced and professional Working team will be always ready to provide you the best of all trekking and tours services in Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal
Trekking Guide in Nepal
Everest Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna base camp trekking
Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking
Kanchanjunga trekking
Upper Dolpo Trekking
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
Langtang Valley Trekking
Peak Climbing in Nepal
Island Peak Climbing
Mera Peak Climbing
Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Anonymous said...

http://paleodietrecipesbook.net/
http://howtoloseweightfastindays.com
http://purelivinghcg.com/
http://getlaid2night.us/male-enhancement
http://getlaid2night.us/penis-pump

Himalayan Mountain Guide said...

For more than a decade, HimalayanMountainGuide.com has been a leader in providing high country holidays and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. ‘HMG’ organizes Expeditions and Treks for groups and individuals from all walks of life. We can design any program or package to suit your interest, schedule, fitness level and budget. Our organizing skills are as flexible as the mountains we escort you to.
Trekking guide in Nepal
freelance trekking in nepal
everest base camp trekking
trekking in nepal
peak climbing in nepal
island peak climbing in nepal
Mera peak climbing in nepal
labuche peak climbing in nepal
package tour in Nepal
Climbing guide in nepal

Web Master said...

Adventure Trek Nepal Paradise Trekking Guide Co-operitive has been a leader in providing high country Travels and adventure activities Trekking in Nepal, Tibet, 'Treknp.com' organizes Trekking Peak , hiking, tours and river rafting for groups and individuals from all walks of life. We can assure that flexible design any program or package to suit your interest, schedule, fitness level and budget travels Service. Our organizing skills are as flexible as the mountains we escort you to.
Trekking in Nepal
Trekking company in nepal
Everest Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna base Camp Trekking
Ghorepani Poonhill trekking
manaslu Circuit trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking
Mera Peak Climbing
Island Peak Climbing
Langtang Valley Trekking
Package tour in Nepal

Web Master said...

Adventure Great Himalaya is a government registered Trekking company in Nepal. comprised of qualified and experienced professional Nepal Trekking Agency. Adventure Great Himalaya has provided thousands of high quality trekking and tours trips for clients from all over the world. If your interest lies in Trekking In Nepal, Peak climbing, Tours in Nepal and River rafting or cultural sightseeing, our professional and knowledgeable staff is available to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Leave your worries to us and enjoy your holidays in Nepal.
trekking company in Nepal
Trekking Agency in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal
Everest base camp trek
Annapurna base camp trek
manaslu Circuit Trekking
Peak Climbing in Nepal
Langtang Valley Trek
Upper Mustang
Kanchanjunga Trekking

Web Master said...

Adventure Great Himalaya is a government registered Trekking company in Nepal. comprised of qualified and experienced professional Nepal Trekking Agency. Adventure Great Himalaya has provided thousands of high quality trekking and tours trips for clients from all over the world. If your interest lies in Trekking In Nepal, Peak climbing, Tours in Nepal and River rafting or cultural sightseeing, our professional and knowledgeable staff is available to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Leave your worries to us and enjoy your holidays in Nepal.
trekking company in Nepal
Trekking Agency in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal
Everest base camp trek
Annapurna base camp trek
manaslu Circuit Trekking
Peak Climbing in Nepal
Langtang Valley Trek
Upper Mustang
Kanchanjunga Trekking

Jay Gurung said...

I have great pleasure in introducing myself, Jaya Gurung, a freelance trekking guide in Nepal. I became involved in trekking in 1998, when I was a porter for two years. I then completed a guides trekking course through the Minister of Tourism in 2000 and followed this up with high altitude mountain sickness training. Since completing my trekking course I have gained a vast amount of experience with trekking companies. I am fluent in English and I also speak a little French. This experience has allowed me to become familiar with various different Nepalese trekking environments, particularly, Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Helambu, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Upper Mustang, Upper and Lower Dolpo. I can also lead treks to remote and less-touristy areas.
Trekking in Nepal
Trekking Guide in Nepal
Everest base camp trekking
Annapurna base camp trekking
Upper Mustang trekking
Manaslu Circuit trekking
Langtang valley trekking
helambu circuit trekking
Peak Climbing in Nepal
tour in Nepal
island peak climbing
Mera Peak climbing

Boundless Adventure said...

Trekking in Nepal is delighted to welcome to you tiny but amazing country in Nepal. When you will have boundless adventures, there are attraction sharing and memorable in your life. Nepal trekking company, found by the team of enthusiastic and the trekking specialists is devoted to impart you a fondest memory during your Nepal holiday with us. We have been serving not here in Nepal only, also in Tibet, India and Bhutan as well. No matter, what type of trip you choose in Nepal. Either Nepal trekking, rafting and cannoning, Nepal Tour , mountaineering, Nepal Peak Climbing , jungle safaris and Nepal trekking activities. Nepal traveling with us is more than just a brief to stay somewhere; it is a real connection with the people, the unique countryside, distinctive culture, the Nepali cuisine, the environment and the flora and fauna of the country. Nepal tea house trekking offering for small trekking groups and big trekking groups. We are offering you, as your choice trekking service as well. You will find out our Nepal trekking guide will be the warm hospitality and government trended license to lead the Nepal historical place And Nepal Himalayan ranges .
For more details click on the below links:
Trekking in Nepal
Nepal Trekking
Everest Trekking
Everest Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna Trekking
Langtang Valley Trekking
Mustang Trekking
Manaslu Trekking
Nepal Hiking
Nepal Tour
Nepal Helicopter tour
Nepal Peak Climbing
Everest Three Pass Trekking

mina thapa said...

Mountain Mart Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd., a well-known government licensed Trekking and Travel Company in Nepal, The Company organizes- adventure tour packages for individuals and groups traveling to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan & India. The company consists of highly professional team.
who has 15 years experience in organizing outdoor activities such as heritage/ culture and pilgrimage tours, trekking, peak climbing, mountain expedition, whitewater rafting, jungle safari, and many other adventure activities in the Himalayan destinations. Each trip is beautifully crafted, meticulously organized and delivered with professionalism and enthusiasm. The young and energetic team of Mountain Mart Treks & Expedition (P)Ltd.is well trained, licensed, locally handpicked and educated. The company has its own reputation in the local as well as international travel market for its ground-breaking itineraries, reasonable prices, knowledgeable and caring guides, excellent equipment and more than fifteen years experience in travel tourism industries.

poon hill sunrise trek
everest three pass trek
Annapurna base camp trek
Evererest base camp Trek
peak climbing in Nepal
jungle safari in Nepal
sight seeing
gosaikunda helambu trek
mountain flight
adventure trekking in Nepal

Mountain Mart Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
Cell No.: 00977 98510 82484 (Dolakh)
Phone No.:00 977 1 4700971 Fax: 00977-1-4701278
Email : info@mountainmarttreks.com
Email: mountainmarttreksnepal@gmail.com

Hilal Avci said...

Mount Ararat Trekking Tours Organization based in Dogubayazit. Let's climb to MountArarat - the highest peak in Turkey with AraratSunRises Trek .

Ararat Trek

Ararat Ski Tour

Ararat Trekking Tour